As I read this essay I felt a strong connection to it. I also suffered from lack of interest in school work. I would rather watch sports or read sports articles rather then study or read a book. Because of my lak of interest it made my writing boring. As I grew older and was able to relate personal interest into my writing, it got a lot better and passionate.
I was reading this while In my colors hallways. I found a peaceful place to sit and read. As my friends pass me I found myself ignoring them inorder to continue reading. I felt that I had a connection to this essay because I am extreamly interested in sports. Sometimes I sit in class and read articles about recent sports news instead of what's going on in class.
I completely agree with Graff because if you are not interested in what you are reading or writing you can not write passionately. I also agree that street smarts can also help with real life situations. Being street smart enables you to talk about a variety of topics with a variety of people. Our different interest is what brings us together, although our thoughts may differ. As I grew up I basically lived by the streets. I would always be outside and I always knew how to keep up with people if not I knew how to one up them. It helped me throughout my life because I was able to adapt to different environments and in a way "survive the Brooklyn life style". If we a students can write more on personal topics then our interest in school may go up along with overall grades.