Sunday, January 12, 2014

decisions, decisions

          Hidden Intellectualism by Gerald Graff talks about how intellectualism does not just exist by scholarly thinking but rather exists in what he calls " street smart". he goes on telling us his story about  his own experience from when he was a kid how he was not interested in academic subjects and shows interest in his love for sports. he goes to say how living a life in Chicago your academics would have an interference in  the social life. back when he was a child things outside of school like sports mattered more then what subjects were learnt at school and were not appreciated by others if caught liking subjects of interest that didn't pertain to other children s likes . little did Graff know that conversations with his friends helped develop analysis, arguments, generalizations, summaries and other types of writing operations. due to the conversations he had with his friends Graff believes that "street smart" can over power "book smart" for the fact that both community and culture are more intrigued by sports and other entertainment rather than academic subjects. he also goes to say how people should take " street smart" topics and turn them into an intellectual way of thinking showing how subjects can be pursued in different ways once the task is being   drawn out. 
          when reading this article i chose the opportunity to read it during my Sabbath which is from Friday night into Saturday evening. during this time i tend to tackle reading material given to me during school modules or any readings i feel an interest for during this time period. i read all the material that was given all at once because to me if i break it into pieces saving other sections for later i might forget what i read before and have to reread the material so why take any chances and just read it all at once. i did not have anything to tackle while reading the article because i chose the right time where i knew i had a no chances of getting distracted from my reading. i had no electronics with me while reading because during the Sabbath it is forbidden to use such things which brings me to a better environment of having more focus in the reading. 
           when reading the article there wasn't so much that i felt was confusing to me. i had some words i didn't know so i folded the paper on top since i am not allowed to write during the Sabbath and went back after the Sabbath ended to find out what the words meant. the only thing i was able to do while i read was to fold the paper which to me was enough because once i went back to the page i recalled what i didn't know. writing the summary i didn't really have to look back at what i read because it was all still familiar in my head even after a full day at work. the last reading we had i did have my sister read the article and we then discussed what it was about. we didn't do that this time which to me would have probably been better because i would have heard what she thought of the reading and compared it to my idea of what was read.  


  1. Great post, limor--except for all the "i"s ;-)

    I didn't know the Sabbath limited the use of electronics and writing! And isn't that interesting that we discussed how writing was once seen as a dangerous form of technology?!

    Does mean you're the one who's been dog-earing our social annotations in class? Awesome :-)

  2. ahaha you caught me now you know ;-)