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#1
I've been wondering for quite a while now, are schools in the US really like how they're depicted in movies/tv? What I mean is there really the whole jocks/nerds thing, bullies that take your lunch money and groups like the goths, cheerleaders etc.

I've lived in Australia all my life so I've never experienced any other schools.
#2
No


Well, to an extent, but nothing like you see in movies.
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#3
There are cliques but not as exaggerated like in movies.
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#5
Not really, no.

I guess you sort of have the cliques - but there's not any of the pissy bitching back and forth between them, and people frequently can be categorized into more than one of them.
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**** yea they are.
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There's a passing resemblance, but, no, not really.

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I'm curious also, how is Australian schools/ culture represented in American media?
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That's it really.
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#11
Yes, but it's exaggerated a lot in movies.

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I don't think I've seen a single movie set in an Australian highschool.
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#13
Australian schools don't have those things?

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I'm curious also, how is Australian schools/ culture represented in American media?

The Simpsons had a pretty good take on it.
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Yeah. All of our women are stick thin, too, and you hear simulated audience laughter every time you say something vaguely resembling a punchline. If there's one thing I trust the media with, it's accurately portraying reality in sitcoms!
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I'm curious also, how is Australian schools/ culture represented in American media?

America as a whole probably has never considered Australian schools in any way shape or form. It's not like the way we have this perception of English boarding schools here, most people just haven't ever thought of how it might be different down under.

As for Australia as a whole... well, Steve Irwin was a great guy, but that's pretty much what the bulk of America knows about Australia.

(Slight exaggeration.)
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#17
Yes it is true. Though exaggerated in the movies there really are cliques of people who hang out together with the sexy popular people on top and the awkward nerds on the bottom.
#18
My impression is that U.S schools are more like Napoleon Dynamite's than High School Musical. And it's no surprise there is no impression about our schools in Australia, I mean, who ever thinks about the high schools in Outer Siberia? Same thing.
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Yes it is true. Though exaggerated in the movies there really are cliques of people who hang out together with the sexy popular people on top and the awkward nerds on the bottom.


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America as a whole probably has never considered Australian schools in any way shape or form. It's not like the way we have this perception of English boarding schools here, most people just haven't ever thought of how it might be different down under.

As for Australia as a whole... well, Steve Irwin was a great guy, but that's pretty much what the bulk of America knows about Australia.

(Slight exaggeration.)

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Not sure I get what you're saying. Do you think that was a stupid thing to say?
#22
In American schools there really is a very clear vertical social hierarchy. The bottom looks up to the top and vice versa. What's nice about American universities is that this hierarchy somewhat falls apart at this level, and the distribution becomes much more "horizontal" imo.
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In American schools there really is a very clear vertical social hierarchy. The bottom looks up to the top and vice versa. What's nice about American universities is that this hierarchy somewhat falls apart at this level, and the distribution becomes much more "horizontal" imo.

lol no
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Not sure I get what you're saying. Do you think that was a stupid thing to say?

Not at all. I just mean that the character's expression sometimes fits a statement well, not in the sense that it's stupid, but often entertaining.
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lol no


Inklings of a vertical-like hierarchy are still there, but the tension between the social groups is not as pervasive. People sort of fit into a group of friends and then keep to themselves without worrying about others.
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Yeah, maybe in the piece of shit backwards midwest, but over on the civilized coasts its not like that at all.

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#31
America doesn't have any schools, it's a myth.
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#33
Aye, and it's chavs and nerds instead of jocks.
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Aye, and it's chavs and nerds instead of jocks.


True, but I don't think we have cheerleaders though. I think all ours died out because they were too stupid to breed.
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This man takes offense.

Actually I saw this episode and this guy actually seemed like he wanted to be involved in his kids life, but the woman wasn't letting him. He seemed really nice, but his teeth are goddamn awful and he must be judged harshly quite a lot because of it.
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Ahh, well in that case then, it'll be because they all get pregnant before they have a chance to become cheerleaders.
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This man takes offense.

Actually I saw this episode and this guy actually seemed like he wanted to be involved in his kids life, but the woman wasn't letting him. He seemed really nice, but his teeth are goddamn awful and he must be judged harshly quite a lot because of it.

Thats what happens when you have two first names. What a tosser.
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I worked in a shop that was involved with some sort of Christian outreach program, had plenty of Americans generally younger 18-25 come over and help out at the shop majority of them were surprised that I didn't belong to some sort of group at school I play rugby with the "jocks" cod with the "nerd/geeks" talk to the "popular girls" jam with the "band geeks" etc etc. they were all shocked when I told the everyone is treated as equal and get along with each other. Australia by the way
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Not really. They are there, but not near as exaggerated.

It might be different over on the west coast, though. Never been to a school there.
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