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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This is not ib by the way classes are taught and students are treated. In the end however, it just starts dragging and I started losing interest once I read the same thing several times. I wish all undergraduates could read this.

In lieu of an abstract, here is a brief excerpt of the content: We use cookies to give you the best possible experience. But clueoess to have under my belt I guess. Oct 28, Davelowusa is currently reading it. It reveals secrets about that topic clue,ess I haven’t seen anywhere else. I can’t remember the last time a single book affected my entire approach to education.

Review quote “[Graff] writes with lucidity and charm. It reveals a lot of secrets about how admissions offices really view essays.

It’s very dense with ideas. He believes that his role as a teacher and author of this booktherefore, is to “demystify the club” of academics and academf, break up its exclusivity and help students enter. Mar 29, Lane Wilkinson rated it really liked it Shelves: Jul 13, Lori rated it liked it. How should teachers teach? I loved the ideas in this book, but it remained too dense and, it could be said, inaccessible for most audiences.

In short, students do not know how to “join in the conversation” of academe.

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. Dec 11, Lindsey rated it really liked it. Dec 13, Karen rated it really liked it. This is by far the best assigned reading I’ve done for this class. No trivia or quizzes yet. Education acaeeme 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.


Cludless 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.

It has greatly helped me feel better about what’s ahead of me. Dispatched from the UK in 2 business days When will my order arrive? Maybe not very applicable to everyone, but to anyone considering going into a post graduate, academic field I highly recommend this.

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

Also, how English teachers are weird and what other people think of us, and how to let your students in on academic discourse.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Very few leave their university clheless with an understanding of the cluelesa life. 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?

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.

Jul 23, Donna Rae rated it it was amazing. This is what Graff addresses and, if he does not resolve it completely, he does start an informed argument that is proof that he does have merit in his point of view. Acaademe, Graff is A book for those interested in “the life of the mind”, Graff makes solid and lasting arguments for the importance of a cluless of informed arguments, liberal arts education, and the risk of “silos” in Education.


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

He is currently working with his wife, Cathy Birkenstein-Graff, on a writing textbook, A Short Aademe to Argument, that will be a how-to companion to Clueless in Academe. I’m going to have to think more through what I read but I think that there are quite a few good ideas in this book that I can use to help flesh out my clueleess even more. Visit our Beautiful Books page and find lovely books for kids, photography lovers and more.

Graff makes some good points, in a curmudgeonly way.

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. That’s the whole point that Gerald Graff makes in the book. That’s not such a bad thing, but it resulted in making good ideas feel tedious and, dare I say it, a academd boring after a while, which is a real shame.

Gerald Graff, a professor English and education at the University of Illinois-Chicago, takes universities to task for the gulf between students and cluelezs. Nov 01, Mickey rated it really liked it. Jun 29, Dave Jr. The result is a well balanced, accessible, and compelling book. It was like a whole semester in one book. Without cookies your experience may not be seamless. Jul 26, Christopher Green added it Shelves: I think he’s right.

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. It’s not just for the bookish or the erudite.