Nerds: Who They are and why We Need More of Them
Penguin, 2007 - 274 páginas
A lively, thought-provoking book that zeros in on the timely issue of how anti-intellectualism is bad for our children and even worse for America.
Why are our children so terrified to be called "nerds"? And what is the cost of this rising tide of anti-intellectualism to both our children and our nation? In "Nerds," family psychotherapist and psychology professor David Anderegg examines why science and engineering have become socially poisonous disciplines, why adults wink at the derision of "nerdy" kids, and what we can do to prepare our children to succeed in an increasingly high-tech world.
"Nerds" takes a measured look at how we think about and why we should rethink "nerds," examining such topics as: - our anxiety about intense interest in things mechanical or technological;
- the pathologizing of "nerdy" behavior with diagnoses such as Asperger syndrome;
- the cycle of anti-nerd prejudice that took place after the Columbine incident;
- why nerds are almost exclusively an American phenomenon;
- the archetypal struggles of nerds and jocks in American popular culture and history;
- the conformity of adolescents and why adolescent stereotypes linger into adulthood long after we should know better; and nerd cultural markers, particularly science fiction.
Using education research, psychological theory, and interviews with nerdy and non-nerdy kids alike, Anderegg argues that we stand in dire need of turning around the big dumb ship of American society to prepare rising generations to compete in the global marketplace.
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LibraryThing ReviewComentário do usuário - LibraryCin - LibraryThing
3.5 stars This was written by a developmental psychologist, and the focus is on middle school kids. What is the definition of a nerd and why do kids fear being one so much? I thought this was ... Ler resenha completa
LibraryThing ReviewComentário do usuário - 06nwingert - LibraryThing
As a child psychologist, David Anderegg understands childrens' complaints about being called a "nerd" or a "geek." With that background, David Anderegg tells readers exactly what a "nerd" and a "geek" are and why we need more of those people in society. Ler resenha completa
THE NERD DILEMMA
THE FIELD GUIDE TO NERDS
MATH SCORES AND ECONOMIC ILLS
OLD THEMES AND NEW TWISTS
THEY CANT HELP IT THEYRE JUST SICK
THE SEINFELD AXIOM
THE GEEK SQUAD