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Dr David Angeregg is always good for looking at child development issues in new ways.I m guessing this book would appeal to parents who may think their kid is nerdy But every parent should read it because Anderegg is giving us a window into understanding youth culture in a new and important way.Plus, he s always good for giving concrete advice for difficult parenting situations. This book was a quick, interesting read I agree with the author s point that our American culture stigmatizes math and science abilities at a time when it s most important to be developing them middle and high school The author weakened his arguments, though, by trying to apply them to recent politics His characterizations of the Gore Bush election completely failed to convince me He ignored that many voters intelligent ones, even voted for Bush for ideological reasons, not because he was the jock in opposition to Gore s nerdiness In fact, until reading this book, I never had thought that Gore was considered a nerd or Bush a jock Were it really true that the American public devalued intellectual politicians to such a degree as the author claims, Obama would never have won this last election. [E-pub] ♡ Nerds: Who They Are and Why We Need More of Them ☪ Best Books, Nerds Who They Are And Why We Need More Of Them Author David Anderegg This Is Very Good And Becomes The Main Topic To Read, The Readers Are Very Takjup And Always Take Inspiration From The Contents Of The Book Nerds Who They Are And Why We Need More Of Them, Essay By David Anderegg Is Now On Our Website And You Can Download It By Register What Are You Waiting For Please Read And Make A Refission For You I wasn t convinced I had this book recommended through our elementary school list serv and started reading with high hopes Unfortunately, the book really didn t deliver For starters, you can definitely feel the chip on the author s shoulder as a former nerd by his zealous attitude toward cleansing the world of the defamitory and hurtful terms characterizations of nerds and jocks He really lost me when he started making the case that the Nerd Jock relationship is actually one of those endless archetypes that has been playing out since the beginning of time Also his insistence that there are only two categories nerd jock was too general and single dimensional It made this assumption that all kids fall into one of the two categories Of course, many people myself included had a horrible middle school experience, but to try and quantify this into one simplistic archetype doesn t begin to cover the complexity of the peer interactions then With all this being said, I did find some things in the middle of the book insightful the whole thing with ADD Aspergers being fad diagnoses was right on the money It s something I despair of myself as someone who suffers from a mental illness how much of who I am is a sickness and how much is just a part of what makes me unique My answer is when it makes me non functional or self harming, but others are out to normalize everyone and insist that we all meet certain criteria to have good mental health I also appreciated some of the criticism on the state of education in America today There is certainly the need for American s to be competitive and continued emphasis does need to be placed on academic achievement, but I m not seeing the whole kids don t achieve because of fear of the nerd stereotype What I see is kids who are overwhelmed by other demands on time sports, TV, computers, video games, enrichment activities, etc Any of these things in proper doses which can be different from family to family and kid to kid are acceptable, but too much of any or all of them crowds out the time for a child to learn to love learning.Okay, enough of the soapbox As a self proclaimed nerd who never knew that it was bad to be smart or was ridiculed for it, I recognize that I don t know what goes on in every part of the county and could well be unaware of a particular sub culture I will say this, though, the heroes I see coming out of Hollywood today are about as brainy, beautiful, and athletic as Odysseus and the other uber men that the author idealizes Think National Treasure, Disturbia, Indiana Jones, or the Day After Tomorrow I welcome any feedback on this. Author and psychaitrist David Anderegg investigates the origin and characteristics of the nerd geek stereotype He offers a facinating glimpse into American middle school culture and American pop culture at large Anderegg concludes that the perpetuating nerd vs jock war is bad for kids and bad for America I tend to agree.From the book It doesn t take a rocket scientist to suggest that there might be a link between a virulently anti intellectual, and especially anti scientific, popular culture and the alarming diminution of science literacy among American kids. I really liked this non fiction title It was a quick and engaging read I found his connection between the negativity of the nerd stereotype and the declining math and reading scores to be interesting Sadly, there s little direct research on the nerd stereotype for the author to work from, so he extrapolates a lot from other research I also occasionally found myself frustrated with his snappily titled chapters because he didn t always seem to directly answer the questions he raised in them during the course of the chapter By and large, however, I really loved this book and would happily recommend it as a very engaging non fic read for nerds and non nerds alike. David Anderegg is a developmental psychologist who has talked to a lot of kids about the nerd stereotype He claims that kids, who don t fully understand the complex stereotype, are affected by it and change their behavior to avoid aquiring the name I thought it was very interesting, especially being one of the kids who never thought it was a bad thing to do well in school, and didn t worry about never having a boyfriend or never making friends because I was in band and mock trial. I don t think he grew up in Silicon Valley Because, if he did, he wouldn t have suffered so much Somewhere in my messy house is a MIT Nerd Pride pocket protector And, the response from everyone who has seen it has been, Cool Can you get me one Seriously, this book is fatally flawed by it s lack of content about girls and minorities The cover photograph of a white boy says it all. This book was a little disappointing to me Anderegg makes the argument that nerd geek stereotypes are harmful to kids and society He suggests that kids, fearful of being labeled a nerd, avoid success in math and science This leads to fewer people going into math and science careers, leaving our country far behind others in these important areas It s a good argument and I like the historical perspective he gives on the history of nerd stereotypes going back to Ichabod Crane and American ideals That part was pretty fascinating, as were excerpts from interviews with kids about what makes someone a nerd Turns out that usually they don t really know what makes a nerd, but will use the term all the time anyway There were other things that annoyed me about the book though First, the author writes pretty subjectively and comes across as a nerd with a chip on his shoulder Second, he talks about how the nerd stereotypes are detrimental to younger kids, but when kids get to later high school and college, the stereotype loses it s power a bit Older teens and young adults are just not as bothered by being called a nerd, and may even embrace it And I do see this in the real world I know a lot of self proclaimed nerds who are actually pretty cool or maybe I just and a nerd who hangs out with a lot of nerd and we re deluding ourselves But he also talks about how much adults perpetuate the nerd stereotype, mostly with the example of the Bush Gore election, arguing that Gore wasn t elected b c he s a nerd and Bush is a jock But aren t those two ideas kind of contradictory The two other things I would have like to have seen were research The authors mentions many times how little research there is on this subject, but why not do some Or work with a researcher to do some before writing a whole book with no data to back it up Also, I d be curious to see what sort of racial cultural economical differences there are besides Asian vs American It seems like he s talking about mostly white, middle class kids here. I read this book on a whim, just happening upon it at the library a lot of my interesting reads seem to begin like that It was a short read but very thought provoking The author, David Anderegg, a child psychologist, puts forth very convincing arguments as to how stereotypes describing nerds, geeks, etc are damaging to American culture as a whole, and why such derision continues to exist As is seen in much of pop culture such as the sit com The Big Bang Theory or those terrible cell phone commercials, nerds are a totally acceptable focus for ridicule and Anderegg explores how this affects both children s and adult s attitudes towards education I thought the author s descriptions of the inherent contradictions and overlaps of stereotyping of nerds to be especially interesting In all, I think Anderegg put together a very informative book that does a very good job going through a lot of the concepts and themes that surround the stereotype from history to pop culture, and how its persistence is harmful to children in particular, but American culture in general The only problem is that I think that this book only really brushes the surface and a lot detailed studies could be put together the author even suggesting various ideas for future researchers.However, I didn t really understand how controversial the ideas presented, of a prejudice against nerds could be until I was surprised to have inadvertently got into an argument with a relative about whether some people are just better at some subjects and the expense of normal social skill while discussing this book, an argument that is disputed in the book I guess I may have fallen into the nerd stereotype spoken about in Nerds of talking about things that normal people aren t interested in Maybe they should read this book, too.