Nerds by David Anderegg
Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them

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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."


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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 op-eds have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The Miami Herald, and Newsday, and he has been quoted as an expert in his field in The New Yorker, USA Weekend, The Wall Street Journal, and Psychology Today, among others.
Published March 3, 2011 by Tarcher. 304 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Political & Social Sciences, Young Adult, Parenting & Relationships, Education & Reference, Professional & Technical. Non-fiction

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"[W]e might expect that kids with great ego strength and supportive families might be annoyed by being called nerds or geeks, but they won't suffer any long-lasting damage...The kids who will really be hurt by nerd/geek stereotypes are the kids who will shut down parts of themselves in order to f...

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As kids become more sexually aware during the middle school years, Anderegg asks, "[S]hould we be surprised that middle school kids, both girls and boys, don't want to study math?"

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And Anderegg does accomplish a great deal and reminds us all that: “The world is not made up of healthy, sexy, good, pops and jocks and sick, pathetic, bad nerds and geeks.

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