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Posted on October 22, 2010 by Jennifer Pointer

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 The Evolutio of the Geek by Flowtown

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So, it turns out that being a "geek" is all the rage, these days, unlike a couple of decades ago.  There are lots of quizzes availble online to help you verify and validate your geek-ness.

 

Daniel Roth, at Wired, explains why  the trend toward geek-chic might be a good thing:

 

...It's an art that has, for the most part, been lost on educators. The notion itself seems incredibly daunting—until you look at one maligned subculture in which the smartest members are also the most popular: the geeks. If you want to reform schools, you've got to make them geekier.

 

"Geeks get things done. They're possessed. They can't help themselves," says Larry Rosenstock, founding principal of eight charter schools in San Diego County collectively called High Tech High. He has come up with a curriculum that forces kids to embrace their inner geek by pushing them to create. The walls, desks, and ceilings of his classrooms teem with projects, from field guides on local wildlife to human-powered submarines. (A High Tech High art project called Calculicious, based entirely on math principles, now hangs in the San Diego airport.) The students all work in small groups as a way to foster shared enthusiasm: Get two kids excited about something and it's harder for a third to poke fun at them...Continue reading Making Geeks Cool Could Reform Education >>

 

So, go ahead, everyone, let your Geek Flag fly!

 


 

  

Jennifer Pointer

 

Jennifer Pointer (e-mail) is in Tulsa, OK. She promotes a simple, a low-tech approach to effective online profile management, search engine optimization and social networking. 
 

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