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The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth by Alexandra Robbins
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Sep 18, 11

it was ok

The premise is quirk theory: “Many of the differences that cause a student to be excluded in school are the same traits or real-world skills that others will value, love, or find compelling about that person in adulthood and outside of the school setting.” Gives 7 case studies of quirky, "cafeteria fringe" students, and mentions many quirky adults. Gives no evidence on what proportion of the former become the latter. Also doesn't discuss how cliques of students can mutate to become adult cliques in workplaces and other adult group settings. But the advice to students, parents and schools seems reasonable: let people be themselves, as long as they aren't doing harmful or risky things. Discourage bullying.
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