Hidden Intellectualism Essay

1039 WordsApr 23, 20135 Pages
Summary In his essay “Hidden Intellectualism” Gerald Graff argues that there are different forms intellectualism, not just the traditional academic intellectualism. Graff argues that these hidden forms of intellectualism are not expressed in what is considered the correct scholarly way, but rather they are “hidden” in our everyday conversations about sports, fashion, pop-stars, etc. Graff feels that as a child you can gain just as much from arguing over non-academic material than you could from debates on academic issues. He supports this by saying that arguing of minimal things requires just as much intellectual ability as debating over more theoretical issues. Graff goes on to further state that because of this every street-smart student has the possibility of being an intellectual. To find this potential intellectualism, Graff proposes that schools should allow and encourage students to write and read about their personal interests in order for them to transition easier from the street-smart thinking to more of an academic thinking. After this transition is started and/or made, Graff further encourages schools and colleges to teach the students to not just read and write, but read and write intellectually. Graff says a student’s writing should be challenged, forcing the student to come up with arguments to defend their opinions. Graff believes this action will further strengthen the intellectualism of our youth. Response In his essay “Hidden Intellectualism” Gerald Graff makes the argument that children can gain just as much from arguing and debating over non-academic material, such as sports, fashion, pop culture, etc., as they could from taking part in academic debates. Graff uses himself as an example describing how as a child he would talk and argue about sports and later realized how that prepared him for academic debates and writing argument papers. To
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