Gerald Graff and Andrew Hoberek’s piece, “Hiding it from the Kids (With Apologies to Simon and Garfunkel)” argues that our "entrenched anti-institutionalism" makes us hesitant, argue Graff and Andrew Hoberek, to "imagine graduate education as the professional training it presumably is" (243 The focus of the article is that preparing students for not only graduate school, but for life outside of education as well is essential for the success of today’s students. Graff and Hoberek’s article appeared in the journal College English, with the intention, in my opinion, to get the attention of educators who are readers of the journal, in hopes of revealing how students are being failed and giving solutions to the problem. Students are being failed by not being prepared for the next step in their lives. Student’s graduate college not knowing what is expected of them and in many cases not knowing how to be the professionals that they will be expected to be. This idea was spurred by the alarmingly poor graduate applications. Graff and Hoberek realized that “the problems in the applications often stemmed not from deficiencies in the applicants, but from someone else’s failure to make clear to them what would be wanted” (242).
The article begins by explaining how the authors came to the realization of this problem. Graff and Hoberek are the director and assistant director of the Master of Arts program in the Humanities at the University of Chicago. Every year they “sift through hundreds of graduate applications” (242). The pair found it “disheartening” that graduate students often were clueless as to what they “think it’s in their interest to say in order to gain the opportunity to do graduate work” (242). The two men first claim that leaders of an “academic family” (243), lack to socialize hopeful members into its “particular customs, beliefs, and behaviors” (243). This problem, the... [continues]
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