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The Passion for Intellectualism

The term “hidden intellectualism” that Graff uses as the title of his essay indicates the central focus of his argument, the alternate forms of intellectualism that are overlooked or forgotten. From the beginning of his writing he makes it clear that he believes that there are many paths to intellectualism. He condemns the belief that what makes the intellectual is the knowledge and interpretation of classic literature, instead arguing that there are many different ways people develop the traits of intellectuals. Sports is the example he uses to convey how he is not only against the idea that the only path to intellectualism is through academics, but that he himself, a renowned intellectual, acquired his ability to understand and reason abstractly, not in an English class, but through the passion for sports. Graff’s argument is that passion is what makes the intellectual not academic talent.

He uses his childhood to prove his argument that some of the outside influences on our lives are what teach us the skills that are used to define intellectuals.  The love he had for sports as a child instilled more passion in him than did school. As a result he learned the values schools intend to instill in children, not from his classes, but from his involvement in sports. In Graff’s mind the schools missed out on the opportunity to develop their students into intellectuals by not encouraging the use of their individual passions in their schoolwork. I agree with Graff that to be an intellectual has very little to do with being a scholarly student and more to do with harnessing your talent and using it to debate, analyze, and discover  new information. Every person who develops their passion for something has the potential to be an intellectual as long as they use their gifts to share knowledge with other people. The intellectualism that Graff refers to as hidden only is hidden because people do not realize the extent of their knowledge and its use in the modern world.

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AS1a – Joseph Dance

I know a lot of people don’t know what hidden intellectualism means cause I didn’t at first. Hidden intellectualism means someone that has the potential to be smart but they are hidden in the world, examples could be: a kid in the ghetto, someone who is very poor, and even some of the children that live in Africa. In the essay, Graff writes about how kids are sometimes intellectually hidden. He talks about how kids are getting singled out just because they aren’t living in the proper life style. Which is wrong, because a lot of kids don’t have the same chances to have high school or college diploma because they are intellectually hidden. Graff has went to colleges and told his audience this to try and get his thoughts out. The kids out there that aren’t intellectually hidden have the chances to get into college and get there diploma because those kids are given the basic needs like: extra help, wealthy parents, put in a good school, and given the proper technology needed to succeed. There are kids that don’t have any opportunities like that; the kids that live in the ghetto have a different type of intelligence. They are street smart unlike the other kids, if the kids that didn’t live in a harsh community tried to live in the ghetto they would probably be killed or hurt very badly. Schools around the country need to realize what is going on and try to do something to help the kids out there that want to succeed but just aren’t given a chance.

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