Gerald Graff's Essay 'Hidden Intellectualism'

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In Gerald Graff’s essay, “Hidden Intellectualism”, he believes that students who do well in sports are more intellectual than those students who focus on academics. The reason being that students tend to do well in concepts that interest them more than those subjects that don’t. He says, “For students who get excited about their passion for cars will often write poorly and unreflectively on that topic of Shakespeare or Plato.” Something that I have always loved to do when I was a little kid was to watch my grandma bake. It’s how I got so into baking. For many people, baking is a tedious task that requires too much work which takes up a lot of time. This is true, however, even though it is time consuming, the effort put into making these goods is worth all that time spent. In baking, you learn the virtue of patience, in waiting for something to be done baking …show more content…

Graff states, “Sports after all was full of challenging arguments, debates, problems for analysis, and intricate statistics…as school conspicuously was not.” Whenever I tried to bake the same recipe as my grandma, it never worked out and never tasted the same as my grandma’s. This has always been one of my goals: to try to make my baked goods taste as good as my grandma’s. But so far, I have had no luck. There were times when I have gotten close to the taste but there was always something that went wrong. The texture, the way it came out of the oven was wrong. After a while, I realized that baking is what I make, not what someone else makes. I could be inspired by what she made, but it would never come out the way that it did, and that was because the way that she baked was different. I basically could have not made my cookies taste as good as hers, and that is because even if I used the same ingredients as her, she may have mixed them a different way, and that is why it never came out the way that she made

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