April 1, 2014
Essay: Hidden Intellectualism and the diversification of subjects.
We live in a new world today, a world that is persistently at the verge of new change; innovation has driven us towards a never ending era of globalization. We have evolved into a species that is no longer bound by the traditional barriers of religion, work and most importantly education; we live in multicultural cities, we interact with people from different religions and ethnicities, a cross-section of the modern class room will show us diverse students from different backgrounds coming together for education. In the 21st century education has undergone massive reformation; with the advent of new technologies and new forms of media, education has risen to be a diversified product of the millennium. With higher education including more varied courses and schools introducing various new disciplines to their curriculum, it's safe to say that Gerald Graff in 'Hidden Intellectualism' was able to point out and predict necessary reforms in the education sector.
Therefore, this paper asserts that teaching diverse subjects of students' interest allows students to broaden their academic approach and applications, equips them with jobs in the future, broaden their perspective on ideas and theory and promotes a wide array of intellectual stimulation. Moreover this essay would conclude that schools should encourage student engagement by introducing subjects of student's choice, so that students would enjoy the process of learning and apply the same process on tougher academic subjects. The crux of this paper revolves around the notion that learning should be a process that students would want to indulge in voluntarily rather than being forced into pursuing education; they should be intrinsically motivated to pursue knowledge. In order to achieve this the essay proposes that Graff's concept of "Hidden...