Hidden Intellectualism Essay

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Argument In “Hidden Intellectualism”, Gerald Graff argues that the education system should allow students to take their nonacademic interests as objects of academic study. He believes integrating “nonacademic studies” with the education system will significantly help students develop academically. However, I disagree with Graff’s claim because there is no evidence to prove that Graff’s method will improve student’s academic abilities. Street smart cannot be learned in a classroom because it can only be obtained through life experience. Also, if student’s only studies subjects that interest them then they are being ignorant to the world around them. Overall, students will be challenging themselves and they would not develop practical skills. Graff believes schools should integrate nonacademic interests as objects of academic study, such as street smart, to the traditional education system. He explains that kids who are street smart do not have interest in the traditional education system and therefore, do not do well in their academic studies. Graff uses his own experience as an example, “It was in … my reading of sports books and magazines, that I began to learn the rudiments of the intellectual life: how to make an argument” (201). The author believes the education system is not taking advantage of one’s street smart because they know so many things about fashion, sports, cars, about a certain subject and they are unable to apply that intelligence to their academic work. Graff understood and knew everything about sports because he had a passion for the subject. Therefore, Graff pleads to readers that schools should integrate nonacademic interests as objects of academic study. From my perspective, I do not believe “nonacademic interest”, such as street smart, should be integrated to the traditional education system because street smart is

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