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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Sep 14, Lisa rated it liked it. I like this guy’s mix of humor and idealism.
Clueless in Academe : How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind
In any case I loved this book. 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? Get on this, Dominic! Oct 02, Scott Lee rated it it was amazing.
I found this book honest, open, bracing and brilliant. It showed me ways that I fail to live up to acaddeme own standards as a teacher, it showed me ideas that I find exciting that I want to find ways to apply in my own work. Very few leave their university years with an understanding of the intellectual life. Nov 01, Bryan Kibbe rated it it was amazing.
Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind
Worth reading if you are on a Core Curriculum Committee and the college is overhauling undergraduate curriculum. Who would I recommend it to?
Investigates writing to make intellectual arguments more understandable. In a clueleess 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.
The book is presented in four parts. He is 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.
Left clueless in the academic world, many students view the life of the mind as a secret aademe for which only an elite few qualify. What should students learn? How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind. But cllueless 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.
Sep 17, Stephanie Odom-robertson rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: A bit repetitive and certainly a bit egotistical in owning his approach as the best approach but provides a few good strategies. Nov 19, Laren rated it liked it Shelves: Jul 18, Lauren rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: One way to do this is by embracing debate and argument, rather than avoiding them in the interests of feeling good or upholding self-esteem. Jun 29, Dave Jr.
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. I had not, so I picked up this book and he was right. The most depressing aspect of this book is that while it is describing this fantastic phenomenon of the inaccessibility of academic discourse, it does it in such a way that emphasizes everything he is lamenting.
Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide. 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.
In the end however, it just starts dragging and I started losing interest once I read the same thing several times. Open Preview See a Problem? I could go on and on about this, but I’ll just say that I recommend this to everyone.
Clueless in Academe: How Schooling Obscures the Life of the Mind by Gerald Graff
This book made me rethink some of my expectations of students at the early college level and how I go about helping them progress.
Check out the top books of the year on our page Best Books of Refreshing thoughts on how empowering a demystified approach to argumentative writing can be. I wish all undergraduates could read this.
And it did all of this while recognizing that intelligent readers may disagree, and that there is room for clueless disagreement. I’ve integrated some of it into my own teaching and found it helpful. Insightful into how students perceive the academe and how teachers may lose them in the process of teaching.
Review quote “[Graff] writes with lucidity and charm. 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. Project MUSE Mission Project MUSE promotes the creation and dissemination of essential humanities and social science resources through collaboration with libraries, publishers, and scholars worldwide.
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But, to echo Graff’s own words, so what? The book is also very well-written and very well-focused. He suggests that once students are provided with the rules of the academic game and some fundamental techniques of argument, they are capable of developing their skills and comfort in participating in the [End Page ] intellectual life of the mind. This wasn’t exactly my idea of light summer reading. Never do students appear adademe victims or categorically incapable of learning. How should teachers teach?