The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth

Book - 2011
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"In her new book, Alexandra Robbins explores the ways group identity theories play out among cliques - and the students they exclude. She reveals the new labels students stick onto each other today, the long-term effects of this marginalization, and the reasons students falling under these categories are often shunned. And then she will celebrate them. In this ever-conformist, cookie-cutter, magazine-celebrity-worshipping, creativity-stifling society, the innovation, courage, and differences of outcasts - nerds, freaks, weirdos, punks, Goths, etc. - are crucial to America's progress. No Child Left Behind and the homogenization of the US education system have made outcasts bolder and more important than ever. Robbins intertwines psychology with science in entertaining, illuminating prose, addressing questions such as "Why are popular people mean?" "Why is seventh grade the worst?" "Why do social labels stick?" and "Are students better off popular or unpopular?" As in Pledged and The Overachievers, Robbins follows students throughout the course of a year to present compelling narratives that thread investigative discussions about of-the-moment issues. In her other books, however, Robbins merely observed students. This time, Robbins crosses the line. She forces the students to examine who they are and how other students perceive them. And then she dares them to step outside of their comfort zone. She challenges some of these students to attempt social experiments at their schools - experiments that end up changing their lives"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, 2011.
ISBN: 9781401302023
Characteristics: 436 p. ; 25 cm.


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Dec 20, 2018

This book ignores those on the fringe who have no special talent or smarts. Being popular is still one of the best strategies for success and happiness.

Nov 25, 2011

Some good points. Took forever to read though...

SkyTower Oct 21, 2011

"Whether excluded by their peers or marginalized by their schools, many of them believed that they were socially inadequate. But there was something special about them that made me both want to get to know them better and believe that they would accomplish interesting, creative, and perhaps great things as adults."

Aug 25, 2011

"It will get better" from a source more likely to be believed than a parent and the science to back it up. Highly readable. Suggest that every young person going into high school should read this book. Every high school student who refuses to compromise their integrity in order to fit in will be encouraged. Anyone teaching in a middle school/highschool environment would also benefit from a read.


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