Summary Of Gerald Graff Hidden Intellectualism

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The standard way of thinking about education has it that “sticking to the book” is the best way of learning things. However, different social aspects of life, not just the traditional intellectual approach to education, can be used to further one’s academic knowledge. Gerald Graff supports this when he discusses the flawed line between “academic” subjects and “non academic” subjects. In his essay, “Hidden Intellectualism”, he remarks, “We associate the educated life, the life of the mind, too narrowly and exclusively with subjects and texts that we consider inherently weighty and academic” (Graff 380). In other words, we are wrong to affiliate so strongly that which is studious with that which is good education. Dan Perkel furthers this argument

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