Becaus Gerald Graff Hidden Intellectualism

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The way we view each other in terms of finance, education, and family aspects depends on a person’s social class. Students from lower backgrounds usually experience difficulty in the educational system. The educational standards of their family’s life differ from those in the higher classes because teachers teach according to the student. Meaning, not only does having a particular social class already separate you in terms of the educational system, but it also determines how and what you learn. From personal experience I’ve learned how to see from the perspective of a student who is of a lower social class than majority of his peers and teachers. Over the course of grammar and middle school, I’ve notice that there are things that students and teachers find relatable and have in common. I faintly but truly remember math word problems involving things like video games, devices, and other toys that I couldn’t afford most of the time. That separated me from the connection shared from teacher to student on a mental level. Many people perceive that people in higher social classes are more educated than those in lower social classes just because of their social status. That perception is usually made by people of a higher social class. Which of course is illogical …show more content…

Graff argues that there are other forms of intellectualism other than those associated with academics. The author provides the readers with his own story about his personal experience as a child and the difficulties he had trying to balance strength and brains to support his claim. With Graff providing the stories of his own personal experience growing up as an adolescent and realizing that street smarts is also a form of intellectualism, he enriches his central claim and proves that academic learning not only comes from being in school but can come in many different

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