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In the essay “Hidden Intellectualism”, Gerald Graff argues that there is a possibility of some form of hidden intellectualism besides the traditional academic intellectualism. Graff states that this form of intellectualism is buried under the mask of usual discussions about fashions, sports, and other aspects. Schools are potentially missing a form of intelligence that cannot be seen through academics. Graff supports his idea that intellectualism can also exist outside of academics by using his own experience, looking back on it, and forming his own ideas. Gerald Graff’s use of his own personal experience is the beginning support to his argument. According to Graff, "I was your typical teenage anti-intellectual—or so I believed for a long time. I have recently come to think, however, that my preference for sports over schoolwork, was not anti-intellectualism so much as intellectualism by another nature" (381). This personal example Graff presents demonstrates that intelligence exist in other ways. Not liking or being good at school subjects don’t necessarily mean intelligence is not there; it may just exist outside the academic realm. Therefore, Graff’s example is prime proof of hidden intellectualism. It is clear and evident that other students can also be the same way as the author. The students may just not be noticing it. To further support his argument, Graff looks back on his adolescent years and shows how influential his own experience was.  Graff contends that, "it was in these discussions with friends about toughness and sports, I think, and in my reading of sports books and magazines, that I began to learn the rudiments of the intellectual life" (383). According to Graff, nonacademic subjects can lead to intellectual learning. Constant debate and discussion over topics one enjoys or is familiar with causes a person to think the ways of an academic: critically, intellectually, and analytically. A different form of...
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