The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School
When school lunchroom doors open, hungry students rush in, searching for tables where they wouldn't be outsiders. Of course, in middle school and high school, almost everyone is an outsider: the nerds, the new girls, the band geeks, the loners; even the "popular" cheerleaders. Alexandra Robbins' The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth takes us inside the hallways of real schools...more
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This *should* have been much more compelling. As an academic, an educator, a past and present (and future) geek, one with geeklings of my own, and a guy who genuinely wants to be optimistic about our future as a country and a species, I'd love to read about how the geeks - intelligent, semi-obsessive nerds who get way too into some abstruse knowledge - are going to take over and turn our overly pragmatic and materialistic society into the Star Trek unive ...more
I really struggled to get through this book.
Nuance doesn't sell.
I've been an educator for 10 years now, and I've become increasingly frustrated with our culture's mythologizing adolescence. The myths are based in truth - teenage years are awkward, there are bullies, peer approval/disapproval takes precedence - but our mainstream culture has bent and skewed and enlarged the truth to epic proportions, whether to sell books, movies, videos, merchandise, or a way of life. Alexandra Robbins is ...more
This is an interesting book, albeit with an idea that isn't revolutionary. Geeks rule the world? Shocker. In an age where technology is king, it only makes sense that the skinny, albino computer nerd will one day become the next Silicon Valley employee and the popular jock will be seriously disappointed when he can't go pro. And altho ...more
In my high school days, I wasn't cafeteria fringe, but I was - to pick one of Robbins' descriptors - a floater: Lots of acquaintances and a few close friends, but no single, branded group I identified with and latched onto for social validation. At the time, I was sure it was my floater status that caused ...more
Though non-fiction, Alexandra Robbins writes it like a novel, following seven story lines (six students, one teacher, all outsiders for one reason or another) and utilizing thoughts, dialogue, and actions, often with settings like the dreaded school cafeteria, hallways, and parking lots. Or parties. You know -- whe ...more
With that in mind, I was glued to the book, and eager to find out how the characters would be doing by the end of the book (particularly Blue and Whitney, although all were appealing).
The O ...more
The author interviewed about 7 students (and one teacher), talking about how each person is excluded from school cliques, but how their unique interests and courage to go against the crowd are positive qualities. She then gave each person a challenge. For Danielle, a loner who barely spoke to anyone, it was to simply speak to others. For Noah, a band geek, it was to take a leadership role. For Whitney, who was ...more
As demonstrated by the four stars I gave the book, I ended up liking the direction it took. Following outsiders longitudinally as they reflect on the pain of being on the fringes and as some of them make ...more
Update: So, I didn't finish it. I got over 1/3rd of the way through and it just wasn't doing it for me. It was very heavy on the individual narratives and while I realize the author got very close to her subjects and found them to be fascinating, I didn't need to hear every detail of their existence. I guess I felt like there was too much narrative and not enough analyzation.
The book tracks six young people over a year of high school. Most of them are oddballs who fit into the stereotypical labels: the loner gi ...more
Sabrina, one of the biggest nerds in existance, representing the entire nerd/geek/outsider population (and there's a lot of us)
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I was supposed to be studying for exams when I picked up this novel but I figured if I was going to read something, I might as well read something non-fiction and educational.
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Some of the background on students is so detailed that it gets a little slow, but things pick back up as individual stories progress. I did find that at times I got a little confused with who was who in which stories, nothing major though.
I think this topic is very interesting and I found Robbins findings and thoughts very relevant. I do think that schools across th ...more
First of all, I believe as she does, that Geeks often do thrive after high school. One only needs to look around this world to figure that out! They DO have the courage to stand apart and passion for their interests. I don't think she really goes much beyond that. Disappointing!
What I hated is how ...more
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