Posts tagged "high school"

This Prep School Rap Battle Is What A Hogwarts Freestyle Competition Would Be Like

Everything about this is gold. Some students from the UK went all "8 Mile" on their prep school campus when an impromptu rap battle commenced, reminding the rest of us why we don't see too many preppy sixteen year olds in the rap game these days. The overall theme of their weak four-line rhymes i…
By: Katie Oldenburg / October 9, 2014

8 Useless Things I Learned In Home Economics Class (And How They Failed Me)

In middle school, I took a cooking class and a "life skills" class, each of which promised to prepare me for fancy grown-up tasks like adequately feeding myself, running a household and holding a baby the right way. Instead, I learned a slew of pointless tasks that did nothing to prepare me for grownup-dom. High school…
By: Claire Hannum / October 6, 2014

Mommie Dearest: How Not To Get Suspended

It’s back-to-school time for everybody from preschoolers to college students and you can't throw a No. 2 pencil without hitting some advice on promoting academic success. Create routine! Eat properly! Get enough sleep! These are all well-intentioned suggestions we hear repeatedly. But I’m here to offer up one more nugget of educational guidance: Don’t get…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / September 5, 2014

High School Student With The Best Grades In His Class Forced To Fight For Valedictorian Title

Meet Ladarius Sapho. Tomorrow, the 18-year-old is graduating from Proviso East High School in Maywood, Illinois, just outside of Chicago, with the best grades in his class. Having achieved a weighted grade-point average of 4.135 thanks to kicking ass in his honors classes, Sapho should be a shoe-in for Valedictorian and had even prepared his speech for the…
By: Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 23, 2014

Did You Have A Senior Prank? (Hopefully One Less Illegal Than The Prank In Teaneck)

By now you've heard about the 63 students who were arrested at Teaneck High School in New Jersey for a senior prank that veered off-course into straight-up vandalism. Nearly one-fifth of the senior class broke into the school overnight on Wednesday to pee on the floors, smear petroleum jelly on doorknobs, overturn chairs and desks,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 2, 2014

An Open Letter To The Young Women Gossiping On The Subway

Dear Young Women On My Subway Car Yesterday, I remember high school, a small world in which everyone feels like a character in an epic drama.  A place where peers pass judgement and share hearsay as entertainment. Where few consider the appropriateness or repercussions of their conversations. Yesterday, the two of you stood in a…
By: Sophie Leon / April 9, 2014

Study: Being Popular Doesn’t Make Teens More Immune To Bullying

Sorry, teenagers, but new study of high schoolers has found that becoming more popular can actually increase the risk of being bullied. Researchers from Pennsylvanita State University and The University of California, Davis teamed up and interviewed 4,200 North Carolina high school students about their social lives. The team used the interviews to create something of…
By: Claire Hannum / April 2, 2014

South Korean High School Students Go Nuts In Yearbook Photos

High school yearbook photos are usually atrocious. Memories of standing up against a fake brick wall or leaning over a ladder (just like we do at home all the time) still haunt us. But at South Korea's Jeonju Haesung High School, students are apparently allowed to do whatever. The results are much better than your average yearbook…
By: Huffington Post Weird News / February 22, 2014

Single? #LookADouche Is Here To Tell You To “Shut Up” To Be Dateable

Yesterday at a Richardson High School assembly in Texas, students got some ... interesting ... relationship advice.  Motivational speaker Justin Lookadoo — now appropriately deemed #LookADouche by the students — shared questionable "tips" such as telling students that "dateable girls know how to shut up." I'm sure that went over wonderfully with fragile 14-year-olds' self-esteem.
By: Claire Hannum / November 14, 2013

Annapolis High School Bans Twerking, Grinding, & Everything Else Fun That Happens At School Dances

Gone are the days when a nun rushes between you and your date at a school dance, reminding you to leave six inches for the baby Jesus. Now schools are just straight-up banning "provocative dance movements" like grinding and twerking ... meaning a lot of teens don't have any sweet moves anymore. …
By: Jessica Wakeman / October 24, 2013

Sensitive, Young Jock Suspended For Writing A Poem About His Feelings

An Ohio high school student was suspended for -- of all reasons -- writing a poem about his feelings. Sixteen-year-old Nick Andre, who plays defensive end on the football team, was just doing his composition homework. The assignment? To write a poem about something that makes you angry. So, Nick wrote a poem entitled Stupid…
By: Ami Angelowicz / October 24, 2013

“All American High” Is A Real-Life “Fast Times At Ridgemont High”

Teen movies from the '80s are basically the winter of our discontent. Why wasn't high school that cool when we were slogging through 11th grade? The 1987 documentary "All American High" takes a look at the high school oeuvre through the eyes of a foreign exchange student from Finland. Filmmaker Keva Rosenfeld explores the punks, preps and "metalers" of…
By: Julie Gerstein / August 19, 2013

Adolescent Boys Think Sexual Aggression Is Flirting, Apparently?

For a long time, eyebrow-arching and pearl-clutching over "hookup culture" has focused on young women: they will feel used by young men and come to believe they can only derive value in themselves from their sexuality. Such concerns have been roundly and fairly criticizing as portraying young women as victims lacking in agency, or worse,…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 16, 2013

We’re Madly Jealous Of Feminist Summer Camp For High School Girls

Summer camp is the quintessential summer experience for many, but at this Manhattan-based camp, there isn’t a campfire or s’more in sight. This is Feminist Camp. Created by Amy Richards and Jennifer Baumgardner, the co-authors of Manifesta: Young Women, Feminism and the Future, Feminist Camp aims to teach girls what being a feminist really means. Young wome…
By: Mary Odell / July 2, 2013

Study: Unattractive Workers Are More Likely To Be Bullied At Work

Apparently, the high school standards for popularity stick around even as we cross into adulthood. At least that’s what a new study conducted by associate professor of management at Michigan State University, Brent Scott, indicated. The small study surveyed 114 employees at a healthcare facility and asked them about their experiences with cruel behavior at…
By: Mary Odell / June 30, 2013

Court Rules In Favor Of Anti-Gay Teen Kicked Out Of Class By Teacher

In 2010, high school teacher Johnson McDowell wore a purple shirt to school in solidarity with bullied LGBT youth, and screened a video about someone that had committed suicide after being bullied for his sexual orientation. At the end of the video, his student, Daniel Glawacki, stated that he could not accept gay people because…
By: Mary Odell / June 23, 2013

RIP Society: Mom Poses As Daughter In Converse, Low-Rise Jeans For High School Exam

Moms these days. In Paris, a 52 year-old mother-of-the-year named Caroline D. tried to help her 19 year-old daughter on the English portion of her high school baccalaureate exam by actually taking it for her. The whole thing. Now that’s a cool mom.
By: Alyson Penn / June 21, 2013

This High School Hot Sauce Prank Is Too Hot To Handle

It's prank season and a student at Highland Park High School in the suburbs of Chicago pulled off a doozy. Last month, a kid allegedly poured hot sauce into the marinara sauce in the school’s cafeteria. Sounds standard enough, but this particularly brilliant specimen happened to use hot sauce so hot that it sent three…
By: Mary Odell / June 8, 2013

High School Graduation Speaker Urges Girls To “Devote Yourself To Your Families And Children”

A social studies teacher named Peter Heck spoke a high school commencement and instead of encouraging all of the graduates to pursue their wildest ambitions, he really just told the boys to do that. Heck urged the graduating girls to "devote yourself to your families and children. ... We need more women as invested mothers."…
By: Mary Odell / June 6, 2013

Adorable Same-Sex High School Couple Win “Cutest Couple” Yearbook Superlative

Did you win any senior superlatives in high school? I did, but not anything cool. I was dubbed "Most Unique Hair," mostly owing to the fact that I was the only girl in my grade that had a short pixie haircut at the time. Even back then, I knew that "most unique hair" was one…
By: Julie Gerstein / June 3, 2013
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