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The article Hidden Intellectualism by Gerald Graff is adapted from his 2003 book Clueless in Academe How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind In the article Graff critiques the approach schools take towards teaching literature He disagrees that students with street smarts are not able to apply their knowledge in school Consequently he displays the idea that using different methods in school will allow students to succeed in their writing The purpose of the article is that street smarts should not be overlooked because in many cases they can offer more life skills than the education provided in school Graff suggests that by allowing students to express their passions in their schoolwork students will naturally become more interested in literature and more eager to thrive Graff uses basic techniques in order to make his article easy to follow while still being effectively persuasive Graff begins his essay by instantly allowing the reader to relate to the topic He makes us realize that we all know people who may do poorly in school but have admiring skills and knowledge that they have attained outside of class Further over he reminds us of literature that most of us had to read in school such as Plato Shakespeare and nuclear fission and then compares those to subjects most people enjoy more such as fashion and sports Graff most likely wrote this article as a response to his adolescence and the struggles he faced growing up thinking he was anti-intellectual simply because his skills for writing did not shine through the topics he was expected to write about in school Strategically Graff uses some facts from the past and offers some of his own experiences by applying pathos to validate his augment This approach provides the article with a pleasant balance of different information which makes it easier to persuade the reader Mentioning the marriage between playwright Arthur Miller and Marilyn Monroe after she divorced famed jock
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