thecommabandit wrote:So, Americans, here's an awfully naive question for you: Is American highschool anything like the pre-teen dramas would lead you to believe? With pep rallies being crucial to everything in the year(1) and the cheerleaders and jocks being their own clique who bully the nerd, dorks, dweebs or whatever the hell they're called?(2)
1. Actually, at my school Homecoming Week was HUGE. They made a class competition out of it, with Monday through Thursday being various spirit days such as Decade Day, Peter Pan day, whatever the ASB officers could think of. Then Friday was Color Day, where each class was assigned a different color to wear as much of as possible. People went mad over this, hair dye, face paint, jewelry. Last year some people in the senior class went ahead and got us all blue flags somehow, which they then put in the bleachers for us to pick up as we came to the assembly--the assembly being the climax of all this.
So looking at the bleachers, each of the four sections was a mass of blue, red, green, white, or wev. Each class wrote a skit about our football team beating whoever they were going to play for the homecoming game and performed it at the assembly. All the performance teams did their shit for us. There were several cheers that all the students were supposed to take part in, and even more that we spontaneously started (usually to greet a speaker or wev) and because it was a competition whichever class was the loudest/best got points, we were very loud indeed.
It's not quite the same as a pep rally, but by God it was the spirityest thing I've ever seen. Was friends with an exchange student from the Czech Republic, and she was quite blown away by it all.
2. Everyone has a different opinion on this. The performance teams did tend to be very close-knit (because when you've got practice three hours after school and on most weekends, you don't have a lot of time to keep up other friendships), and so did some of the athletic teams for the same reason. But our football team seriously sucked, so they didn't have a lot of clout. If anything, we all mocked them. The cliquiest team was probably the cross country/track and field types, but they were all quite nice so it wasn't a big deal.
And of course there will always be that jerky guy who treats other people like they're not in his club and does his utmost to make them feel like shit, and female equivalent, and they always manage to find a few friends, so blech. But I'm pretty sure that happens everywhere.
Raise up the torch and light the way.