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#1
okay. so i'm english and, like most of us, I have little to no understanding of american people.

i've seen plenty of american films and it seems that american high schools are pretty sh*tty places to be.

so what are they actually like? does every stereotypical group have their own table in the lunch hall? do all the 'jocks' act like tossers all the time? does everyone treat the end of year prom like its the biggest thing thats ever going to happen to them in their lives?

i'm just curious to know if the films exaggerate everything as they tend to do.

cheers.
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#7
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okay. so i'm english and, like most of us, I have little to no understanding of american people.

i've seen plenty of american films and it seems that american high schools are pretty sh*tty places to be.

so what are they actually like? does every stereotypical group have their own table in the lunch hall? do all the 'jocks' act like tossers all the time? does everyone treat the end of year prom like its the biggest thing thats ever going to happen to them in their lives?

i'm just curious to know if the films exaggerate everything as they tend to do.

cheers.


Movies exaggerate it, but that doesn't mean it isn't somewhat based in reality. Jocks do tend to be a little cockier than other kids, just not bullies. There a still social cliques that ten to gravitate away from others. Prom is a big deal for girls and guys just want to get laid.

I would assume they are not that much different from the people at high schools in the UK.
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our high schools, depending on what part of town you're in, are actually pretty normal and not much like movies show them to be.
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#10
There are cliques, but they aren't stereotypically portrayed like in the movies. It's just people who have grown up together who remain friends and hang.

Douches are prevalent everywhere.
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#12
Cliques exist, jocks are dicks, popular girls are pricks, there are some hicks in the mix.....that's all i got. Movies do exaggerate the "craziness" a bunch though.
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Nope. People dont fit into lockers either.



Actually, they do! There was a girl in my tutor group at school who could climb into her locker and shut the door. She could do it very easily in year 7, and could still just about manage it in year 11.

Of course, she was very tiny. And I have no idea why she'd want to get into her locker. But it is definitely possible, for very small people
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#14
Meh, it's nothing to write home about.
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Actually, they do! There was a girl in my tutor group at school who could climb into her locker and shut the door. She could do it very easily in year 7, and could still just about manage it in year 11.

Of course, she was very tiny. And I have no idea why she'd want to get into her locker. But it is definitely possible, for very small people



Well in my school, there are only about 100 lockers (about 4000+ people in the school) and you can barely fit two textbooks in there, so atleast where I am, its physically impossible to get in those lockers.
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#17
Jocks tend to be on the "top of the chain" but there are exceptions. There are cliques and often people who claim lunch tables. But movies are gross exaggerations, my high school was nothing like in a movie
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#19
Every group of friends typically does have their special table that they always use at lunch. but thats it. oh, and yeah, most jocks do tend to be a bit more popular and what not.
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#21
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Nope. People dont fit into lockers either.



At least.....not in one piece....>_>


I would say the drama part of the movies is pretty accurate, but a lot of stuff is overblown in the movies, granted, the public education system in America is pretty poor, and the teachers think it's the best thing in the world, next to sliced cheese.
#22
For your learning pleasure of useless knowledge, please refer to the following films that best reflect the high school American experience according to the decade:

1950's: Blackboard Jungle, Rebel Without a Cause
1960's: The Warriors
1970's: The Outsiders
1980's: Fast Times at Ridgemont High
1990's: Higher Learning
2000's: High School Musical
2010's: TBD

Other than that, i'd say yes. Except for the fact that you get expelled much easier than they let on, it's exactly like you see on tv. Worse.
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#23
Yeah, the OP is spot on. It's true...
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#25
What's not shown in films is that each classroom typically has its own jacuzzi. You get 3 passes a week to use it. This is pretty normal. So bring your swim trunks/speedo to class everyday.

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#26
My school definitely has clicks, people tend to hang out with those who live near them or do the same sport as them. So this typically means the wealthy students don't hang out with the poor ones, and the athletic ones don't hang out with the non athletes. Blacks hang out with blacks, whites with whites, mexicans with mexicans. And typically you have around 20 guy friends, and about 20 girl friends too, and if you are going on a date/ have a girlfriend it is a girl from that group of 20. It's not uncommon to date three best friends over the course of high school.
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#28
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Well in my school, there are only about 100 lockers (about 4000+ people in the school) and you can barely fit two textbooks in there, so atleast where I am, its physically impossible to get in those lockers.



Ahh...ours were about this size:



But way older and more battered lol. The locks on them were a total joke as well, it was possible to pick the lock on someone else's locker with your own locker key. Ahhh highschool, how totally I don't miss you.
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For your learning pleasure of useless knowledge, please refer to the following films that best reflect the high school American experience according to the decade:

1950's: Blackboard Jungle, Rebel Without a Cause
1960's: The Warriors
1970's: The Outsiders
1980's: Fast Times at Ridgemont High
1990's: Higher Learning
2000's: High School Musical
2010's: TBD

Other than that, i'd say yes. Except for the fact that you get expelled much easier than they let on, it's exactly like you see on tv. Worse.

In the 2000's, everybody in high school broke out in spontaneous song and dance?

Wow, I did not know this. My school must be pretty boring then.
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#30
There are different cliches but there are always people that intermingle. It's all horribly exaggerated.
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okay. so i'm english and, like most of us, I have little to no understanding of american people.

i've seen plenty of american films and it seems that american high schools are pretty sh*tty places to be.

so what are they actually like? does every stereotypical group have their own table in the lunch hall? do all the 'jocks' act like tossers all the time? does everyone treat the end of year prom like its the biggest thing thats ever going to happen to them in their lives?

i'm just curious to know if the films exaggerate everything as they tend to do.

cheers.

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Facebook has done a lot to end that "social hierarchy" in high school. So no, there are none.

At least we don't have chavs.



Explain how?


My school doesn't have the entire caffeteria split up into groups but there is a table where the freaks (metalheads) sit, a table where the preps/popular kids sit, a table where the stoners and drug dealers sit (I sit there!) and then everybody else kind of does their own thing.
#33
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Nope. People dont fit into lockers either.

I can and I'm not that small.
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#34
It's pretty much regular school, except for certain times of the year when it's a bit different.


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#35
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I can and I'm not that small.

It would be impossible to get me into my high school locker and I'm tiny. Impossible while I'm still in possession of all my limbs.
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#36
Well i can't speak for all highschools and not to mention american but my high school is NOTHING like those movies, we have no cliques or anything like that really. You hang out with pretty much anyone you wanna hang out with, they can be horribly nerdy or a prepster, it doesn't matter.

I like it that way, makes alot more sense than being segregated into groups
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#37
“High School is closer to the core of the American experience than anything else I can think of.”
- Kurt Vonnegut


One the topic of films, while it isn't terribly realistic, "Lord Love a Duck" is a great movie concerning the American high school in the mid '60s, and might feature the first Saved-By-The-Bell/John Hughes-esque principal ever.


EDIT: Is it wrong that I only remember the difference between "principle" and "principal" from that episode of the Simpsons? (where Mr. Skinner tells the kids he's their 'princi-Pal")
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#38
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For your learning pleasure of useless knowledge, please refer to the following films that best reflect the high school American experience according to the decade:

1950's: Blackboard Jungle, Rebel Without a Cause
1960's: The Warriors
1970's: The Outsiders
1980's: Fast Times at Ridgemont High
1990's: Higher Learning
2000's: High School Musical
2010's: TBD

Other than that, i'd say yes. Except for the fact that you get expelled much easier than they let on, it's exactly like you see on tv. Worse.

Wasn't the Outsiders in the 50's?
#39
It really just depends on the school. There are a lot of really good ones and a lot of really shitty ones.
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For your learning pleasure of useless knowledge, please refer to the following films that best reflect the high school American experience according to the decade:

1950's: Blackboard Jungle, Rebel Without a Cause
1960's: The Warriors
1970's: The Outsiders
1980's: Fast Times at Ridgemont High
1990's: Higher Learning
2000's: High School Musical
2010's: TBD

Other than that, i'd say yes. Except for the fact that you get expelled much easier than they let on, it's exactly like you see on tv. Worse.

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