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The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth: Popularity, Quirk Theory, and Why Outsiders Thrive After High School (English Edition) par [Robbins, Alexandra]
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"Their stories beautifully demonstrate things we know intrinsically: that being popular is not always the same as being liked, that high school is more rigid and conformist than the military, and that the people who are excluded and bullied for their offbeat passions and refusal to conform are often the ones who are embraced and lauded for those very qualities in college and beyond."―New York Times

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In a smart, entertaining, reassuring book that reads like fiction, Alexandra Robbins manages to cross Gossip Girl with Freaks and Geeks and explain the fascinating psychology and science behind popularity and outcasthood. She reveals that the things that set students apart in high school are the things that help them stand out later in life.

Robbins follows seven real people grappling with the uncertainties of high school social life, including:
  • The Loner, who has withdrawn from classmates since they persuaded her to unwittingly join her own hate club
  • The Popular Bitch, a cheerleading captain both seduced by and trapped within her clique's perceived prestige
  • The Nerd, whose differences cause students to laugh at him and his mother to needle him for not being "normal"
  • The New Girl, determined to stay positive as classmates harass her for her mannerisms and target her because of her race
  • The Gamer, an underachiever in danger of not graduating, despite his intellect and his yearning to connect with other students
  • The Weird Girl, who battles discrimination and gossipy politics in school but leads a joyous life outside of it
  • The Band Geek, who is alternately branded too serious and too emo, yet annually runs for class president
In the middle of the year, Robbins surprises her subjects with a secret challenge--experiments that force them to change how classmates see them.

Robbins intertwines these narratives--often triumphant, occasionally heartbreaking, and always captivating--with essays exploring subjects like the secrets of popularity, being excluded doesn't mean there's anything wrong with you, why outsiders succeed, how schools make the social scene worse--and how to fix it.

The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth is not just essential reading for students, teachers, parents, and anyone who deals with teenagers, but for all of us, because at some point in our lives we've all been on the outside looking in.

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  • Editeur : Hachette Books (3 mai 2011)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A "Must Read" for educators, parents and kids! 5 mai 2011
Par Muffy - Publié sur
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"Let your Geek Flag" fly!!! I have thoroughly enjoyed this book - Alexandra Robbins does an amazing job (as usual)!

I am an educator of 26 years and a high school assistant principal. The information I have gotten from this book has certainly helped me to look at my student population in a totally, new light. Not only does Robbins examine the labels that students assign themselves and others and the harm it causes but "The Geeks" also looks at the way that the faculty that educates them treat students and each other. I had never thought of the way that faculty groups mirror the groups of students.

Also, it was an eye opener to think that the influence of the media has caused "mean girls" to be mean, as a way of protecting themselves. We often misunderstand and think that they mistreat other kids because they enjoy it. The fact is that many of these young ladies don't enjoy it at all but the influence of shows such as "Gossip Girl" and "90210," make it "cool" to be mistreat others. It is hard to believe that many students who are viewed as being a part of the "Popular Crowd" are truly miserable but lack the courage to leave for fear of rejection.

Thanks again to Alexandra Robbins for a fantastic read!!!
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Embrace your geekiness! 11 mai 2011
Par Stephanie A. Merlin - Publié sur
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I can confidently say, with this new book and the others I have read (The Overachievers & Pledged), Alexandra Robbins is one of the first people I know who has poignantly identified and openly discussed struggles in teens and young adults lives. I grew up in a very competitive area academically and socially. I was insecure loner who desperately tried to fit in, but always came up short. I can completely relate to the stories of the teens in this book. Their backgrounds and experiences all have things I'm sure everyone can identify with. Alexandra also does an excellent job of supplementing these stories with psychological and sociological data and experiments. This is an excellent read, and one that I found therapeutic. As an young adult and college student, I definitely have noticed that the quirks and oddities I used to be ashamed of, are things that I'm appreciated for now, and that I fully embrace as an adult. It is these experiences and books like "The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth" that further inspire me to become a high school teacher, and make a difference in teens lives.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Explains what many of us see in high school and why the "preps" are sometimes sitting by themselves at class reunions 9 mai 2011
Par a user - Publié sur
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I went to two high schools, each for two years. At both, I was not a complete outcast, but hung out by myself and did what I wanted rather than what the conformists were doing in order to make themselves look good. I would say I was mocked pretty heavily in junior high. I've thought it was interesting that at both high schools, kids who were the equivalent of today's "preps" really had not done as much with their lives as kids who stood out on the fringes. It was interesting to attend class reunions and see some of these populars sitting at the tables in their same groups, not knowing what to say to others who had been living interesting lives and had long forgotten how insignificant they felt in high school.

Raising two kids recently out of high school, it surprised me to see how many parents were involved with orchestrating their children's popularity - making sure they drove the right car, plastic surgery if necessary, buying alcohol and holding parties at their houses. I knew it would be painful for my kids, but I am glad they both chose the paths they did - to be true to themselves.

I especially liked the character of the Loner but also Blue. To do as well as he has without parental support, sometimes no support at all, reminds me of a gay friend of mine who grew up in a turbulent household, no support, but always marched to his own drumbeat, and is now the CEO of a major company.

This book validates many things we've observed but didn't know why they were occurring.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 One Clique Pony 20 juillet 2011
Par Ken C. - Publié sur
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In her social documentary, Alexandra Robbins plunges into the treacherous waters of high schools across the country to tell the stories of six fringe students and one fringe teacher. She calls them by the labels we've all come to know and sometimes loathe: loner, popular bitch, nerd, new girl, weird girl, gamer, and band geek. What makes the book work is how the reader quickly gets caught up in each of these outsiders' separate soap operas. Robbins is adept at including the characters' thoughts, dialogue, and actions, giving it the feel of a novel splintered into seven sub-plots.

The organization of the book is a bit haphazard, with Robbins going willy-nilly from one character to the next, taking time outs here and there for pop psychology and looks at "studies" new and old. The purpose of this "science" is to show group dynamics and human behavior -- the how and the why to cruelty in school cafeterias and hallways. The arrangement can be discombobulating at times, but the story lines carry the day.

I especially like how Robbins included one teacher's story here to show how cliques and nasty games do NOT always disappear with age. In fact, there are "popular" teachers, too, who would much rather hang out with other popular teachers and ignore the nerdier ones. You'd think these behaviors would look transparently pitiful at the advanced ages of these teachers, but Robbins shows that you'd have to think again. Some people never learn, alas, though, in this book, a lot of the kids do. It is, in that sense and in the final analysis, a hopeful book. You'll find yourself cheering for these guys and girls, who should but probably do not take comfort in the fact that they have odds-on advantages to become successful in life after school -- and for the exact same reasons they were teased and ostracized in school. God loves irony, after all, making the Biblical title especially apt....
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2.0 étoiles sur 5 Melodrama that tries to present itself as a serious research 3 octobre 2013
Par Matko Vladanovic - Publié sur
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I guess I'll never stop being amazed by the books like these. They cling to this notion that it is better to be positive, even if it means writing utter nonsense, than not. I like to think of myself as a realist with a hint of idealism present. Realist part of me has huge problems with "The Geeks". Let's try to elaborate. The main premise of "The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth" is simple enough. It says that those who are bullied at school (high school), those who are not part of the in-crowd, are more likely to succeed in later stages of life because of unique set of skills they poses and/or reluctance to conform to the arbitrary norms of society. Robbins tries to show this by using several case studies (in narrative, almost novelesque form) that typify some of the behavior of "the outsiders". That is all well and good and I don't have any problem with that assumption. It is perfectly reasonable that highly intelligent computer "geek" (subcategory: gamer) will thrive once he hits the college or job market. It is perfectly understandable that a proactive lesbian will have easier life outside the boundaries of the school which takes its Catholicism seriously. One can understand these scenarios and that's okay. Problems are of different nature.

So, how do we picture a high-school outsider? Well, Robbins pictures him as a highly intelligent individual that has a "weird" interest or some kind of "exaggerated" character trait (like national pride) intensity of which makes him a target for his peers. Furthermore, this outsider of Robbins's doesn't conform to the high-school norms (whatever they might be, they tend to differ from school to school) and doesn't feel bad about it. Obviously, these traits can become burdens in a crude, unrelenting, environment like high-school. What is wrong with that picture? Well, apart from that fact that outsiders like these are minority among gen-pop of outsiders, nothing. Thing is, we can accept the follow-up scenario when dealing with intelligent, creative, proactive yet bit socially awkward individuals. What happens when we picture an outsider with a normal or sub-normal intelligence, no particular skills, no unique character trait - you know, the average guy/girl, who is an outsider because of the reasons totally beyond his control (being poor, being a bit "slow", being ugly", has a name like Jeff or whatever)? Robbins doesn't deal with these people. They are, despite being majority of "the outsiders", outside of her perspective, once again outside. Will someone who has no particular set of skills and IQ about 90 thrive in a non-high-school environment? Who cares, says Robbins. Let's just focus our attention on a weird but intelligent girl whose only crime is that she reads books in a public place. You can understand how this can be a problem in a book that tries to present itself as a well-documented research, sort of a definite answer to the problem of high-school outsiders.

"The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth" reads a bit like a self-help book that essentially says: "Cheer up, mate, it becomes better." Thing is, it doesn't. Or better, it doesn't necessarily become better. This is yet another example of Robbins detachment from a "real world" out there (first one being exclusion of an average guy/girl). To be a non-conformist in an "outside world"? Big no-no. System doesn't really change. Only thing that does change is that one can, in theory, have bigger pool of people to interact with. Try imagining a president of US having a tattooed forehead, long hair, and broken teeth. So much for a non-conformism in an outside world. We don't have to be radical about it. Try imagining the same picture only instead of a White House put the guy behind the counter in a random bank. High-school reflects the world outside and that is something that Robbins chooses to ignore. Sure enough, if one doesn't ignore it, one can hardly be positive about the outcome and it's all about being positive isn't it. Yes, it is more probable, statistically speaking, that intelligent individual will manage to succeed if they change their surroundings but to do so they will almost necessarily become conformists themselves. Even an Artist is a conformist amongst "his people".

"The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth" has an extensive bibliography which is, for some reason that I still didn't manage to understand, not indexed so it can become quite a bother to double check certain facts or important research so be prepared for that. Overall, "The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth" in hardly more than a cute melodrama that presents itself seriously. If he were still alive, Frank Capra might have made a movie about these case studies. It would probably be a tear jerker and, like many of Capra's movies, it would be a fantasy detached from the intricacies and complexities of life.
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