In Gerald Graff's Hidden Intellectualism, Graff proves that intellect does not only exist in the scholarly form of thinking. Graff claims that knowledge can also take the form of "street smarts."
My form of “street smarts” is knowing about cars. Have you ever opened the hood of your car and wondered what was going on in there? A car engine can look like a big confusing jumble of metal, tubes and wires to the uninitiated. You might want to know what's going on simply out of curiosity. Or perhaps you are buying a new car, and you hear things like 3.0 liter V-6, over head cams and tuned port fuel injection. What does all of that mean? One cold and rainy night my girlfriend and I were stuck in the middle of the highway. We were just coming back from a nice dinner when our car shut off. As the car was decreasing in spend we pulled over to the shoulder lane. My girlfriend was over reacting because the scenery disturbed her. This took place in the middle of the highway around tress that where shaking because of the wind and rain. She tired calling for help but she had no service. Little did she know I was familiar with cars. So I went in the engine bay and tried to find out what went wrong. After 30 mins of randomly looking I found out that the spark plug wire detached. So I plugged it back in and tried on the car and it worked.
Knowing about cars can save people money and also same them time. For example if this happened to someone who did not know about engines. They would of called a tow truck and spent money on a mechanic because of a simple plug that was unplugged. Graff takes the idea of taking street-smart topics and turning them into intellectual debates. His stance describes a culture that joins common subjects that can be discussed and viewed in different ways