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Really good and informative book.It s a quick read too PH.D David Andregg has a sense of humor and I was happy to see so It adds to the ease of the book while still getting the information Apparently I m not the only one in the country who has concerns of this nature It not only affect us individually but also as a nation and I can t help but picture somewhere on down the road This is exaggerated mind you I hope that other countries will wake up and realize that we ve been defending ourselves with a foam bat Let s paint it black and they would be none the wiser hoping that our past will keep everyone in line I was a bit surprised about how long this anti intellectual nonsense has been going on And it comes from places that I didn t even think about I say worth a read especially if you re pro intelligence or if you have or plan on having kids I m relieved people are trying to do something about this The book talks about this or a version of this It said 2005 now for my barrage of quotes This is a fun toy that insults you for being interested in it pg 26 We act like it s all in good fun to communicate to our kids that people who are smart and do well in school and like science fiction and computers are also people who smell bad and look ugly and are so repulsive that they are not allowed to have girlfriends And then we wonder why it s so hard to motivate kids to do well in school pg 43 When I asked him about nerds, he gave me the full story how nerds wear coke bottle glasses This from a child who, I would wager, has never seen a glass coke bottle , collared shirts with pocket protectors, and very short shorts with knee high socks and dress shoes For some reason these are Oktoberfest nerds pg 48 And anti intellectualism, as I will argue, is very bad for children and ever worse for our society as a whole pg 52 The RAND study also showed that the probability that a young adult would earn a 4 year degree in science and engineering rose markedly between 1975 and 1999 in other developed countries including England, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, and Japan, while the rise in the United States had been moderate at best The RAND study concluded that the United States is indeed falling behind our competitor nations in awarding science and engineer degrees pg 56 The program for international student assessment is an educational achievement survey sponsored by the organization for economic co operation and development that looks at the educational achievements of 15 year olds in 30 countries of the developed world In the 2003 results, the United States ranked 24th out of the 29 countries surveyed Great Britain was left out, for not having tested enough students pg 58 Finland, for example, has one standard curriculum for both math and science for the entire country, and since there is little or no ability grouping, everyone is required to learn the same amount of math To Finns, our national patchwork of math standards must seem quaint at best pg.60 According to this paradigm, our kids problems with math are part of a broader lack of discipline encouraged by a degenerate culture or not, depending on which side of the culture wars you re on pg 61 It was not so long ago that this attitude prevailed in America Using something machine like, whether it was a bicycle, a lawn mower, or a car, implied mastering the ability to repair it as well pg 157 Parents who are struggling against the tide of crap washing over their kids should be applauded for giving it the old college try pg 198 I loved Nerds How Dorks, Dweebs, Techies, and Trekkies Can Save America and Why They Might Be Our Last Hope The author s purpose of writing this book was to explain to the reader why nerds and geeks shouldn t be shunned in society like they are right now The theme of the book is about changing popular culture about stereotypes The style of the book is an argument because it persuaded the reader me to act on a belief The author explains a lot about how nerds and geeks are shunned and that it s bad for america because america isn t besting in intelligence like so many other nations are, and that if these same nerds and geeks keep getting shunned they ll fight what they feel and do what they regret which in this case is taking less advanced math and science just because american society won t accept them for their apparent personality quirks and traits The author of the book isn t very happy of the stereotypes of nerds and geeks and doesn t think that ichabod crane and superman are very good role models, he d rather introduce children to other fictional properties like harry potter and the odyssey because those have a better representation for nerds and geeks, he also believes that if a nerd is poked fun at regularly at school, the nerd can compromise with the enemy by giving himself or herself a makeover or change of appearance.It kind of reminds me of Your Medical Mind only this talks about nerds and geeks instead of patients and medicine.There isn t one thing that I dislike about this book What I really liked about this book is that it goes really in depth about the history of nerds being shunned and why it s bad for our society, and why nerds are typically shunned in the first place, and the author disproves a lot of these possible reasons as to why american society thinks that nerds and geeks are strange and weird. A very insightful view into the problems in middle school culture. This book has some very strong points First, as a proponent of a national curriculum and someone who never took Calculus in high school even though I now wish I had , I agree with his premise that to compete in a world dominated by science and technology we need a strong, mandatory science and math core in our school system This core curriculum should not be optional Every student should be required to take advanced math and science, so they will be accustomed to higher level science and math by the time arrive in college and are able to compete with foreign students who are proficient in both Second, I really enjoyed his discussion about anti intellectualism in America and the stigmatization of intelligent, adolescent boys as effete and nerdy This is something that definitely happens, and he s right to point out that it s cultural However, I m not sure that his suggestions for dealing with the label nerdy and geek will do much to change this problem The book falls short in that it only discusses science and math and fails to really look at students with high verbal linguistic skills Though it is true that elevated IQ scores in one area usually means above average skills in the other, he glosses over the contributions of these individuals to the advancement of our society, focusing solely on how science and math will save the human race Having just finished book two of Margaret Atwood s MadAdam series may have made me somewhat skeptical of his postulations He is also a bit too didactic in his suggestions for dealing with the labels of nerd and geek, though from other reading I think much of our problems culturally come from transferring the idea to children that if they excel at a task it will be easy News flash there are many subjects that are not easy They simply require work Telling children they are good at one subject because it s easy teaches them they are not good at what is difficult This is not necessarily true Of course, this is my own observation, and one I wish he would have mentioned in his anti nerd culture diatribe Overall, it s an interesting book, and I give it 2.6 3 stars. Easy read, funny, and being a proud nerd there are some parts that are easily to relate to My biggest qualm with this book is that Andregg neglects to define nerd and geek , until about halfway through the book I think the scope should be defined early in the analysis Yes, there are differences yes, they matter He does raise a few points about how to encourage children to be themselves, and how difficult it can be for kids to fit in, but he provides no concrete solutions I wanted a little. Loved it Does that make me a nerd Anderegg breaks down the Nerd Geek stereotype and points out that it is largely what is pushing America into the background in science and math Even in elementary school, American kids think they know what a nerd is and that they don t want to be one They intentionally perform poorly on math tests and opt out of advanced math and science courses He suggests some approaches to turning this around It is well worth the time to read it, especially if you know or care about any kids, but even if you don t. Having married what some would consider a nerd , and having many friends who fall into the realm, i found this thoughtful and true the anti intellectual stance of American culture which filters into Canadian has always puzzled me i also found this book somewhat helpful in that i have a three year old, who may or may not be a nerd like his parents life will be difficult for a few years, as it was for myself and my husband. *READ E-PUB ☞ Nerds ☟ 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 This book provides a look into an American culture war that goes largely unseen Anderegg spotlights the classic nerd jock dilemma with humor and uses his job as a therapist to implement case studies into the book At the end of the book he provides practical solutions to the problems discussed. David Anderegg takes himself and other nerds too seriously The book would have been better if Anderegg had even a small sense of humor.