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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Ooh, also the chapter about application essays is golden.

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Aug 28, Monica rated it liked it Shelves: Last chapter most helpful for those not involved in writing. What should students learn?

Return to Book Page. Goodreads is the world’s largest site for readers with over 50 million reviews. He cpueless currently working with his wife, Cathy Birkenstein-Graff, on a writing textbook, A Short Guide to Argument, that will be a how-to companion to Clueless in Academe.

The Best Books of In fact, in many ways Graff sees disagreement as an essential element of any living intellectual community. Built on the Johns Hopkins University Campus. It means widening our notion of who qualifies as an ‘intellectual,’ coueless building on the argumentative talents students already possess” pp. Graff makes some good points, in a curmudgeonly way.

Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind by Gerald Graff

But really, I’d recommend this book to anyone. But good to have under my belt I guess. Get on this, Dominic! Also, how English teachers are weird and clueleds other people think of us, and how to let your students in on academic discourse. It’s not just for the bookish or the erudite.

Jul 26, Christopher Green added it Shelves: As I was describing my teaching philosophy to someone, he asked me if I had ever read Gerald Graff because my philosophy sounded a lot like what Graff had written.

I do recommend it as an important work, regardless of your view on Graff’s accuracy, as it will at least inform you on the perception of higher education from different views.


Jan 09, Vanessa rated it really liked it Shelves: I learn as much from the way Graff writes about academics which is very clearly with great examples and good support as well as what he has to say. For example, he says that even if an essay is well-written, cerebral, and on an esoteric topic, Graff says that the student won’t get accepted because they didn’t let the essay speak for them as a human being. By using our website you agree to our use of cookies.

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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. What should students learn?

I could go on and on about this, but I’ll just say that I recommend this to everyone. In a sense, he takes the reader on a journey behind the veil of academic life, revealing some raw and contested views on academic thinking, writing and teaching. Students will always struggle with writing if we don’t let them wrote about their own interests rather than ours.

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Books by Gerald Graff. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. I loved the ideas in this book, but it remained too dense and, it could be said, inaccessible for most audiences. It reveals secrets about that topic that I haven’t seen anywhere else. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. 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.

Instead, Graff clearly views them as capable learners who are in need of a better set of rules for playing the academic game and succeeding in school, acaceme college. Nov 19, Laren clheless it liked it Shelves: Sep 14, Lisa rated it liked it. In a refreshing departure from standard diatribes against academia, Graff shows how academic unintelligibility is unwittingly reinforced not only by academic jargon and obscure writing, but by the disconnection of the curriculum and the failure to exploit the many connections between academia and popular culture.


It reveals a lot of secrets about how admissions offices really view essays.

Worth reading if you are on a Core Curriculum Committee and the college is overhauling undergraduate curriculum. Mar 17, John rated it liked it. This is not helped by the way classes are taught and students are treated. Thanks for telling us about the problem.

Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind

Indeed, Graff’s writing artfully demonstrates the very practices that he prescribes, modeling the style of discourse that can bridge the divide between teachers and students. However, much of what he writes as he diagnoses the dilemmas of university life comes off as shrill. In short, students do not know how to “join in the conversation” of academe.

On the point of self-consciousness, Graff does an excellent job of not only arguing for a particular style of pedagogy that introduces students to past and present academic conversations, but also of trying to exemplify that method in his own writing.

How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind. The education found in skilled argument does extend beyond just one field, so there is strength to this argument and I would recommend that anyone interested in education read this book in some detail as an idea of the challenges in modern education as a field and the realities or perception of the realities in current college education.

I especially enjoyed the book for its clear writing, sustained arguments, and self-consciousness. Alfred rated it liked it.