The Theory Of ‘Hidden Intellectualism’ And Book Smarts
Children who are “street-smart”, however, may not be able to apply their life experience in a school setting. Street-smart youth should not be allowed to go to school.
Gerald Graff, the author of “Hidden Intellectualism”, hated reading and was only interested in sports. Sports magazines were all he read. He was fascinated with sports magazines and illustrated. Gerald was so obsessed with reading sports novels as a teen that people thought he wasn’t intelligent.
Gerald had a difficult time adjusting to the Chicago neighbourhood life. Gerald was respected for his ability to read, but Gerald also had to work hard to gain the respect of his neighbors. Gerald was admired by them in different ways. Gerald was a book-smart but that didn’t make him popular. He would lose his dignity and the respect of everyone in his community.
Labeling them as academics and anti-intellectuals puts them in a confined box. They are then told that they cannot be good academically, or vice versa. This box restricts their mind and ability to do different things.
In the 1950s, they thought that only academic work could qualify someone as educated. They believed academic knowledge was more important than street knowledge. In other words, they thought anti-intellectuals knew the same things as academics but were not academically educated. The 1950s perspective on intellectualism is compared to the current day view.
Anti-intellectualism has become more common in today’s culture. There are more high school students who do not engage in academic work than ever before. In this, technology is a major factor. Most older adults mistake the expressive creativity of students as anti-intellectualism. People still think that intellectualism is only about academic knowledge. Nevertheless, many people today are well-versed in other topics.
Street smarts is not necessarily educated. They are still able to make the right decisions based on their own mistakes. Book smarts might be innocent on the outside because they gained their knowledge through books, not by doing. Both are a part of one coin. Both are part of the same coin. They both have different information. Everyone agrees that being book-smart is essential, but there are many who do not enjoy this luxury and increase their knowledge in the environment they live.