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Nerds: How Dorks, Dweebs, Techies, and Trekkies Can Save Americaand Why They Might Be Our Last Hope

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"Anderegg's clear-eyed look at a damaging cultural truism does nerds and jocks-all Americans, really-a service." (The Washington Post).

Thick glasses, socially awkward, a math whiz with a pocket protector- everyone knows what a nerd is. But where did this stereotype come from? Children aren't born knowing what a "nerd" or "geek" is, so why do they know by the age of five or six that they don't want to be one? In this revised and updated paperback edition of his thought-provoking book, family psychotherapist and psychology professor David Anderegg reveals how the systematic disparagement of "nerds" in our culture is bad for our children and even worse for America. In Nerds, Anderegg examines why science and engineering have become socially poisonous disciplines, why adults wink at the derision of "nerdy" kids, and what the cost of this rising tide of anti- intellectualism is to both our children and our nation. Drawing upon education research, psychological theory, and his own interviews with nerdy and non-nerdy kids alike, Anderegg argues that in order to prepare rising generations to compete in the global marketplace, we need to revisit how we think about "nerds."

About the Author

David Anderegg, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology at Bennington College in Vermont and has maintained a private practice of psychotherapy in Lenox, Massachusetts, for the past seventeen years. Anderegg's writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, Newsday, and elsewhere.

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ISBN:
9781585428526
Author:
Anderegg, David
Publisher:
Tarcher
Subject:
Social Psychology
Subject:
Popular Culture - General
Subject:
Developmental - General
Subject:
Psychology
Subject:
Sociology-Children and Family
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20110331
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
8.2 x 5.5 x 0.82 in 0.55 lb
Age Level:
17-17

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