The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth

Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School

Book - 2011
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Journalist 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 in these categories are often shunned. Then she celebrates them. The homogenization of the US education system has made outcasts more important than ever. In this conformist, creativity-stifling society, the innovation, courage, and differences of outcasts--nerds, weirdos, punks, etc.--are crucial to progress. Robbins intertwines psychology with science, addressing questions such as "Why are popular people mean?" and "Why do social labels stick?" As in Pledged and The Overachievers, Robbins follows students through the course of a year. In her other books, however, Robbins merely observed students. This time, she forces them to examine who they are and how other students perceive them, then dares them to step outside of their comfort zone to attempt social experiments at their schools--experiments that end up changing their lives.--From publisher description.
Publisher: New York : Hyperion, c2011.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781401302023
Branch Call Number: 303.32408/ROBBINS
Characteristics: x, 436 p. ; 25 cm.


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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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