The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School by Alexandra Robbins
When school lunchroom doors open, hungry students rush in, searching for tables where they wouldnt 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 to show us how shifting cliques and permanent marginalization affect children. Following individual students over the course of a year, she tracks the plight and possibilities of self-confessed nerds, freaks, punks, Goths, and weirdos. Her central message is heartening: Our increasingly homogenized society ultimately needs and welcomes the cafeteria fringe.
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The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Quirk Theory and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School
Thank you! Already known for providing readers a new angle on a familiar subject—e. The author has a gift for writing fact like fiction—she reminds us what it was like to be in high school and helps us relive all the anxiety and angst—and the students and their stories are thoroughly engaging. These stories are not just entertaining but important, reminding us to celebrate our quirks and those which we see in others as well. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again. Be the first to discover new talent!
Books for a Better Life Award. New York Times bestseller. Robbins follows seven real people grappling with the uncertainties of high school social life, including:. Robbins has built her career giving voice and shape to the lives of teenagers… In her latest book, she follows the lives of high school archetypes — like the Loner, the New Girl, the Nerd and the Band Geek — plus one Popular Bitch, the Paris Hilton of her upstate New York high school. Their stories beautifully demonstrate things we know intrinsically: that being popular is not always the same as being liked, that high school is more rigid and conformist than the military, and that the people who are excluded and bullied for their offbeat passions and refusal to conform are often the ones who are embraced and lauded for those very qualities in college and beyond — what Ms.
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Then roll your eyes. A new world order has unfolded, with nerds ascendant. Pressure is building in schools to standardize not just testing, but students as well. When students buckle under that weight, tragedies happen the Columbine shootings; the recent spate of suicides among gay teenagers. Her fundamental argument is simple. Robbins articulates the concept crisply, however.
Everyone who knows a teenager should read this book. Educators, parents, grandparents, teenagers themselves. Following a couple different students, in different states, throughout a year in high school. I don't remember high school being like this, but I don't think I cared as much what people thought of me as these kids do. Very interesting and well written.
A New York Times bestseller. In a smart, entertaining, reassuring book that reads like fiction, Alexandra Robbins manages to cross Gossip Girl with Freaks and Geeks and explain the fascinating psychology and science behind popularity and outcasthood. She reveals that the things that set students apart in high school are the things that help them stand out later in life. Robbins follows seven real people grappling with the uncertainties of high school social life, including: The Loner , who has withdrawn from classmates since they persuaded her to unwittingly join her own hate club; The Popular Bitch , a cheerleading captain both seduced by and trapped within her clique's perceived prestige; The Nerd , whose differences cause students to laugh at him and his mother to needle him for not being "normal"; The New Girl , determined to stay positive as classmates harass her for her mannerisms and target her because of her race; The Gamer , an underachiever in danger of not graduating, despite his intellect and his yearning to connect with other students; The Weird Girl , who battles discrimination and gossipy politics in school but leads a joyous life outside of it; The Band Geek , who is alternately branded too serious and too emo, yet annually runs for class president. In the middle of the year, Robbins surprises her subjects with a secret challenge--experiments that force them to change how classmates see them. Robbins intertwines these narratives--often triumphant, occasionally heartbreaking, and always captivating--with essays exploring subjects like the secrets of popularity, being excluded doesn't mean there's anything wrong with you, why outsiders succeed, how schools make the social scene worse--and how to fix it. The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth is not just essential reading for students, teachers, parents, and anyone who deals with teenagers, but for all of us, because at some point in our lives we've all been on the outside looking in.