It has come about mostly by default. Why don't smart kids make themselves popular? The thing is, he'd know enough not to care what they thought. Even for someone in the eightieth percentile (assuming, as everyone seemed to then, that intelligence is a scalar who wouldn't drop thirty points in exchange for being loved and admired by everyone? Cavanagh, Senator.L., Selected Policy Statements on Aboriginal Affairs, Canberra, Australian Government Publishing Service, 1974. But there is no external pressure to do this well. Suburbs are deliberately designed to exclude the outside world, because it contains things that could endanger children. Teenage kids, even rebels, don't like to be alone, so when kids opt out of the system, they tend to do it as a group.
Of course I wanted to be popular. I don't mean to suggest they do this consciously. Ask any nerd: you get much worse treatment from a group of kids than from any individual bully, however sadistic. Arnold, (Eds.) Power, Knowledge and Aborigines, Special edition of Journal of Australian Studies, La Trobe University Press, Melbourne, 1992., and Bain Attwood, Andrew Markus, 1999., and Attwood, Bain, The making of the Aborigines,. As a thirteen-year-old kid, I didn't have much more experience of the world than what I saw ain't i a essay immediately around.