In Hidden Intellectualism, Graff wrote about how schools and

In Hidden Intellectualism, Graff wrote about how schools and colleges overlook the intellectual potential of street smarts, and made his point by going against the notion that they’re not anything to consider but are actually more valuable than people think. That we associate street smarts as something that isn’t intellectual, that it’s a waste that they’re smart but can’t be smart academically. That the way of being smart is one way only rather than a whole bunch of different ways people are or can be intelligent. He made his point by stating, “what doesn’t occur to us, though, is that schools and colleges might be at fault for missing the opportunity to tap into such street smarts and channel them into good academic work.” He attempted to connect about his topic by sharing his own experiences during his childhood, on one hand being book smart and at the same time trying to get the approval of the street smart kids. But he quickly learned that him trying to be “anti-intellectual” actually was its own form of intellectualism. Being engaging and connecting by using his interest in sports as an example. To him it was more compelling and intellectual than school was, how it was more engaging in a way school didn’t seem to accomplish in and that it beat out book smarts because it wanted him to learn more about it. How things considered “non-intellectual” gave you a sense of community broader than family and friends, while school and its type of work left you isolated. He says that school really doesn’t prepare you for the real world. That while school contained its own share of competition, in the end the points were given based on how book smart you were or how you one upped the other. “School competition, in short, reproduced the less attractive features of sports culture without those that create close bonds and community.” The message he is trying to convey is that people with street smarts are capable to succeed, and distancing themselves from things considered non-intellectual