Monday, July 30, 2007

Yes, being smart IS cool!

Months ago, I wrote about Danica McKellar (aka Winnie Cooper from "The Wonder Years"), who has a BA in math from UCLA and has a mathematical theorem named for her. Her guide for math-phobic middle school girls, titled "Math Doesn't Suck," will be published in August.

McKellar talks about her new book in Newsweek.

"When girls see the antics of Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan, they think that being fun and glamorous also means being dumb and irresponsible," says McKellar. "But I want to show them that being smart is cool. Being good at math is cool. And not only that, it can help them get what they want out of life."

Could we be seeing a backlash against the current celebrity vapidocracy? Here's hoping.