Debunking bizarre myths about the American high school

Debunking bizarre myths about the American high school

Debunking bizarre myths about the American high school

The topic of how accurate American movies and TV shows are in portraying everyday life in the US is a hot topic on social media lately.


“The fact that Very bad spent an entire movie trying to get alcohol is totally realistic. We absolutely had whole night adventures trying to get booze, and a lot of people at school had fake Hawaii IDs.”


“Most high school students don’t pull into the parking lot every morning.”


“The school fights in the movies make it look like the students fight like fighters. In reality, they throw some pathetic punches, grab each other’s shirts and roll around until security pulls them apart 25 seconds later.”


“Cheerleaders don’t wear their uniforms 24/7.”


“Clicks are not as well defined in real life as they are in the movies.”


“Parties are more low-key affairs. They’re nothing like those giant ‘everyone’s coming’ events in the movies — unless you know someone with a giant house that can host 100+ students.”


“There is more truth in Napoleon Dynamite of what’s in may come or Mean Girls.”


“TV shows make it seem like kids have time to talk mid-day in their lockers. In fact, you’re booking across the building because you have five minutes to go from the first floor, get to your locker on the second floor and then run all the way across the third floor to your fourth-period class.”


“Most American high schools are basically the exact opposite of Euphoria.”


“We have active shooting drills. There are lots of parents on board. We don’t go to school at 10am – the sun almost never comes up until after we arrive. And yes, we have 2 to 3 hours of homework most days.”


“One time, I was walking down the hall with my books in my arms. A random bully slapped them, sending all my stuff flying everywhere. In one movie, everyone would point and laugh. In reality, the other kids were gasping. and a few random students stopped and helped me get my stuff together. I remember one girl saying, ‘That was so mean.'”


“Most people aren’t that attractive. Most people aren’t in their twenties.”


“All my European friends ask if we wear those square hats to graduation and drink out of individual red cups at parties. Yes and yes.”


“I swear John Hughes must have grown up on Mars or something.”


“On TV, all the lockers are huge and at eye level. I remember coming to high school and being disappointed that we had these cubicle-sized lockers stacked on top of each other. And they were scattered all over the school in the most local inconvenient.”


“The morning ads are real and just as ridiculous as the TV and movie ads.”


“Prom is a lot less important in real life. And nobody really cares who gets prom queen.”


Friday Night Lights it’s actually pretty realistic as far as Texas schools go. Football is a religion there. In some cases, a high school head coach can earn more than the teachers or even the principal.”


And finally, “There are far fewer vampires in real-life high schools.”

Some responses have been edited for length and clarity.

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