[W]ith few exceptions, our society belittles and stigmatizes the display of intelligence or knowledge. Can you think one example of a positive icon of an intelligent person? Think of any word or phrase we use for bright people………….nerd, geek, squint, einstein, know-it-all, chinese student, egghead, lab rat……..all are derogatory. How can we expect anyone to do well in school when to do so is to be cursed. That any do learn and excell is a tribute to them individually, as our society certainly does not foster learning.
—A guy with the pseudonym “Nerd” on TVO’s The Agenda’s blog discussing the issue of black focused schools.