Analysis Of The Book ' The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth ' Essay

1497 Words Aug 21st, 2015 6 Pages
Speaker Alexandra Robbins is a New York Times bestselling author of Pledged and The Overachievers. She’s spent over a decade “examining… various microcosms in U.S schools” and is the 2007 recipient of the Heartsongs award for her contributions to the mental health of children and young adults (Robbins, 6). Robbins immediately establishes credibility by featuring her credentials in her About the Author section and mentioning her experience in U.S schools early on in the book. In The Geeks Shall Inherit The Earth, Robbins introduces the idea of quirk theory, which states that “many of the differences that cause a student to be excluded in school are the same traits or real-world skills that others will value, love, respect, or find compelling about that person in adulthood and outside of the school setting” (8). Robbins is very passionate about these people who exemplify quirk theory, fondly naming them the “cafeteria fringe.” In The Geeks, she follows the lives of seven people who are prime examples of cafeteria fringe, deeming them “the type of students whom others should be proud to befriend,” but it’s often the opposite (107). Robbins noticed their “classmates were too quick to judge” and excluded them for traits she found to be “respected, honored, and appreciated outside of school” (107, 159). By establishing ethos, Robbins successfully develops the idea of quirk theory in order to explain the shocking discrepancy between success in high school and success in real life.…

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