According to Gerald Graff, the problem in education is not that students are increasingly anti-intellectual, as is often lamented, but that they simply cannot fathom. NOVEMBER Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind by Gerald Graff. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, Clueless in Academe: An Interview with Gerald Graff. John Warner. Virginia Tech University. A common scene: In class, I ask for a student to summarize the.
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He offers some good examples and practical advice from his own teaching. I think he’s right.
I’ve felt that way since “meeting” Gerald Graff in graduate school. Forged from a partnership acadeje a university press and a library, Project MUSE is a trusted part of the academic and scholarly community it serves. Graff argues that we must do a better job stimulating student interest in the things intellectual.
Intelligently, humanely, Gerald Graff is bringing all of these questions back home to the classroom, which, at least for now, seems exactly where they belong. Adopting a progressive tone, he further maintains that “demystifying the club means changing the club itself as much as it means changing students.
It reveals secrets about that topic that I haven’t seen anywhere else. Jan 09, Vanessa rated it really liked it Shelves: Inpenetrable, narrowly specialized and inaccessible describes intellectual life at collge adn why most students just don’t seem to get it. Paperbackpages.
Oct 02, Scott Lee rated it it was amazing. Journal of College Student Development. In the wake of theory, in the wake of feminism, post-colonial criticism and all the rest, what is a liberal arts education supposed to be about?
Intro makes sense and touches on a subject that needs exposure. Offering examples drawn from his own teaching experiences, as well as those of other high school and college faculty, Graff suggests concrete ways to make our own academic writing more accessible and understandable. What should cluelrss learn?
Students should be taught to argue and use the language of the acadamy, but we should make sure that this language is used to make real points.
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Education itself is not for the bookish or the erudite, it’s for everyone and too often, intellectualism, one person’s idea of what intellectualism should be such as a professor’swill scare off the students instead of inviting them to become intellectuals themselves. Graff makes some good points, in a curmudgeonly way.
And it did all of this while recognizing that intelligent readers may disagree, and Sometimes you run into an intellectual companion who seems to say everything that you’ve been searching for ways to communicate.
Sometimes you run into an intellectual companion who seems to say everything that you’ve been searching for ways to communicate.
Contact Contact Us Help. Still, Graff is A book for those interested in “the life of the mind”, Graff makes solid and lasting arguments for the importance of a culture of informed arguments, liberal arts education, and the risk of “silos” in Education.
Graff’s view of what education needs to do in order to stay relevant and be more attractive to students is interesting and revealing.
This is a really interesting perspective on the collaborative conversations that need to take place in academe in order to show students the interconnectivity of all learning. Why have we built a system in which learners “get ahead” by jn their teachers what they think they want to hear? Specialty areas of university professors strike too many students as a distant, impregnable fortress.
Jun 01, Jennifer rated it it was amazing. I don’t think there’s one glib sentence in the whole book. Open Preview See a Problem?
Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind
Description Gerald Graff argues that our schools and colleges make the intellectual life seem more opaque, narrowly specialized, and beyond normal learning capacities than it is or needs to be. Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of As cluelees Graff not only advances a clueless, but also establishes a laboratory within the pages of the book by which to test his ideas. In the wake of theory, in the wake of feminism, post-colonial criticism and all the rest, what is a liberal arts education supposed to be about?
Nov 01, Mickey rated it really liked it. The Best Books of Ooh, also the chapter about application essays is golden. Cluelesw the inquiry and the innovation? I especially enjoyed the book for its clear writing, sustained arguments, and self-consciousness. But good to have under my belt I guess. Where the first half of the book diagnoses significant problems in our present education system, the second half of the book does a great job of offering a number of constructive solutions.
I can’t remember the last time a single book affected my entire approach to education. It’s not just for the bookish or the cludless. Sep 17, Stephanie Odom-robertson rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: I find it hard to disagree with him on most points, but I don’t think our society is ready to take the nerd out of intellectualism.
Alfred rated it liked it. Maybe not very applicable to everyone, academd to anyone considering going into a post graduate, academic field I highly recommend this.
Somewhat unexpectedly, the book then closes with a discussion of “progressive traditionalism” as a means of implementing a compromise between current views on education, particularly as it has been applied in high school settings. It has greatly helped me feel better about what’s ahead of me.