Advice to Gifted and Talented Youth 5 – Nerd Societies

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Advice to Gifted and Talented Youth 5 – Nerd Societies

Scott Douglas Jacobsen & Rick Rosner

June 15, 2017

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Scott Douglas Jacobsen: We have issues to do with high levels of dropout, low levels of performance, and high levels of diagnoses for ADHD for boys.

Rick Rosner: Before you move onto this whole other thing, society has become very geeky and nerdy, where I’m sure there’s still lots of schools where the football players run the schools and nerds get thrown in the garbage can on a semi-daily basis, but the overall culture is more accepting and embracing of geeks and nerds than it was in the 80s and before.

I was born in 1960. People born in my era were given a lot of IQ tests. I was an early reader and good at math, but there was very little in the way. there were few enriched educational opportunities. Occasionally, I would have a teacher that saw I needed more challenging material and they would set me up with that stuff, and that would keep me out of trouble for a year or two.

One of those teachers, I had for 5th and 6th grade. it gave me two years on not fucking up.  But back then, the default assumption was that everybody was being served well by public schools. Most people went to public schools at least where I went to public school in Colorado, and people assumed everything was fine and everybody turned out okay.

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Rick Rosner

American Television Writer


Rick Rosner


Scott Douglas Jacobsen

Editor-in-Chief, In-Sight Publishing


In-Sight Publishing


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