The problem in the school structure that Graff recognizes is lack of persuasion to get students to argue. This holds true in my personal experiences in academics. Despite the fact the educating administration is trying to avoid violent disputes because of arguments, they fail to see that properly structured arguments are the best way to avoid violence. Without the school system instilling the ideas and values of argument, students will lack an outlet for an argument consisting of words and are more likely to resort to violence for resolution. In a section of Gerald’s essay he advocates that educated conversation be shared with uneducated audiences as a basis for understanding any scholarly topic as well as a basis for a strong argument.
`Reading Response #3 Graff’s expresses his feelings toward an intellectualism that is not taught in schools and is usually looked down upon even though majority of children have it. This intellectualism is “street smart”, or as he describes it hidden intellectualism. Graff’s argues that schools should let children write and argue about subjects that they find enjoyable, and that might be able to transfer into higher academic subjects, and learn that what they find enjoyable and interesting isn’t only outside the classroom but with what they learn can be used anywhere, and how they argue can be transferred into their papers. He does this by writing in his own experience, describing how he felt, and by giving examples of what others said about
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English 10 Psychology professor at Clark University, Wendy Grolnick, and Santa Monica based writer, Kathy Seal, are coauthors of a newspaper article titled “Shortchanged by pay to learn”. In their article, the authors demonstrate their disbelief in the effectiveness of extrinsic motivation on students and argue that intrinsic motivation leads to better academic achievements on students. In fact, the authors state that “those who want to improve test scores and motivate students should stop throwing money at the problem so literally.” The authors directly state their beliefs on the matter, and frankly, I agree that school districts should promote the building of intrinsic motivation on students. I believe schools should encourage the building of intrinsic motivation on students because it has shown that students that participate in programs that build on intrinsic motivation do better in school than those students who do not. In the article “Shortchanged by pay to learn” co-authors Grolnick and Seal indicate that intrinsic motivation is a good alternative to improve student test scores.
Patrick Richardson Professor Holly Eng 121-693/697 September 15, 2013 Summary of ''Hidden Intellectualism'' In the article "Hidden Intellectualism" Published in 2001, edition of the pedagogy, author Gerald Graff discusses intellectualism in the academic world and how it affects society. He also references intellectualism with "book smarts" and anti-intellectualism with "street smarts". In the book he argues one point that intellectualism is used more than just in schools, but also in everyday life: there are "hidden forms of intellectualism". Graff believes that schools need to have a clearer perspective as to what these hidden forms are. Beginning from childhood, Graff tells us about
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