Summary and Analysis of 'Hidden Intellectualism' by Gerald Graff

Good Essays
In his essay "Hidden Intellectualism," Gerald Graff argues that intellectualism is not something that can only be archived through proper eduaction like school or college, but with subjects that people consider non academics as sports and cars. The writer consider "street smart" to those people who learn things outside of an academic environment, for example in the streets of their neighborhood.
The writer argues that educators should let students decide on the subject that thay are more interested to learn, this opened up possibilities for the student to excel in his academic environment as well as his own interests. To support his point the writer tell us his personal story of transformation from been a "street smart" to an intellectual.

He explain the necessity of implementing hidden intellectualism into academic intellectualism by introducing a more academic approved vocabulary, while maintaining that same level of intellectualism used with the nonacademic interests of the students. For example the language that we use in street is not the same as the language we use inside a classroom. There for schools should encourage students to learn more academically, it doesn't mean that students have to change their original ways of speaking rather add new ways to use it correctly.

He also goes into depth about his own life and how he grew up." I hated book and cared only for sports," he states that he was more interested in sports than Shakespeare."I was desperate for the approval of the hoods," He talks about how he wanted to fit in with the "hoods" and also try to be smart, but not show it too much, for fear of being beat up. These are excellent examples of how schools should try to tap into these hidden intellectualisms. Graff makes a valid argument to points out that all students should be given the chance to choose subjects they are interested in: sports, cars, hip hop or fashion, to show their

You May Also Find These Documents Helpful

  • Good Essays

    In the essay titled "Hidden Intellectualism," Gerald Graff discusses the nonacceptance of nonintellectual street smarts vs academic book smarts. I agree with Graff's views on street smarts being a hidden intellectually from society and academics. Gerald Graff is correct in thinking that modern education strongly favors classic literary subjects over real world "street" subject matters. As I read "Hidden Intellectualism" I could not help but empathize with Graff instantly. I was transported back…

    • 503 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Satisfactory Essays

    Summary of “Hidden Intellectualism. An excerpt from They Say/I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing” By Gerald Graff Gerald Graff’s excerpt argues about the stagnant appreciation towards being “street smart” compared to academic work, and how it affects writing skills. Graff’s thesis states that “No do we consider one of the major reasons why schools and colleges overlook the intellectual of street smarts: the fact that we associate those street smarts with anti-intellectual concerns…

    • 241 Words
    • 1 Page
    Satisfactory Essays
  • Good Essays

    Hidden Intellectualism Growing up where I was raised street smart was having the experience and knowledge necessary to deal with the potential difficulties or dangers of life in an urban environment. Like you know people actions and how to read body language and get the sense something isn’t right here. It even can be starting your own busy be and entrepreneur. If you were book smart you’ll get call a nerd and picked on in rough area of the city. I saw some of my peers try to dumb down the way…

    • 327 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Cultural Intellectualism In Gerald Graff’s essay Hidden Intellectualism; he criticizes those who do not put appropriate value into "street smarts." Graff persists that knowledge extends further than academic learning and carries into the everyday life. He writes about some of his precollege experiences with being as a “nonintellectual” due to his lack of interest in academic literary subjects. Graff also discusses how his interest in sports actually led him into academic intellectualism as an adult…

    • 606 Words
    • 3 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    university for a degree. This is very common and probably sounds sensible to you. Gerald Graff, author of, “Hidden Intellectualism,” an article published in the writing guidebook They Say, I Say would disagree. Graff would probably fault my friend’s teachers for not using his interest in cars as a way to encourage academic thinking. Graff believes that street smarts can be used as a medium to reach higher levels of intellectualism. He asserts that usually they are not because, “We associate the…

    • 1289 Words
    • 6 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    In “Hidden Intellectualism” Gerald Graff explains his view on intellectualism and how the education system only limits intellectualism to book smarts. Graff also enlightens the misunderstanding on society with “street smarts.” He explains that everyone including “street smart have potential and they are overlooked. Graff explains that we only associate the educated lifestyle with texts and subjects. He argues that the education system assumes that its possible to “wax intellectual’s about…

    • 259 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    Hidden Intellectualism In Gerald Graff's “Hidden Intellectualism,” Graff argues that by not involving non-academic elements to the curriculum, schools are missing out on opportunities to encourage their students to learn. Students may be more prone to pick up intellectual identities if they were encouraged to do so on subjects that interest them. Graff recalls moments in his youth when his interests in academic subjects were minimal. Although his interests in non-academic subjects were vast, his…

    • 448 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    In “Hidden Intellectualism” composed by Gerald Graff, Graff argues how sports play a big part in the intellectual world because they contain components ranging from debates to evaluations, to intellectual systems. He states how sports made him a more intellectual being, and how schools should consider sports intellectual. Gerald Graff’s arguments that sports build intellectualism are ineffective because he lacks outside arguments, and backup to make his argument more credible. Graff states that sports…

    • 779 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    and substance, good “Hidden Intellectualism”, by Gerald Graff is an article in which the author suggests that intelligence cannot only be obtained by being school or being “book smart" individual but can also be achieved by what he describes as being "Street smart," Graff argues that intellectualism is not only the knowledge you obtain through school or through all the high cerebral books you read but also through real-world knowledge and life experiences. Graff shares stories of his adolescence…

    • 496 Words
    • 2 Pages
    Good Essays
  • Good Essays

    In the article “Hidden Intellectualism” written by Gerald Graff, Graff target college students to inform them about a hidden intellectualism that can be found in our everyday society. In the article Graff draws attention to the many types and ways different people can identify with intellectualism. He argues that people are intelligent in several ways and just need to learn how to plug the intellectualism they enjoy into a school-like setting during classes. He exemplifies this by using his own intellect…

    • 850 Words
    • 4 Pages
    Good Essays