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« Reply #15 on: April 26, 2010, 06:52:38 PM »

I think in any given state, the further away you are from a major metropolitan area, the more narrow the viewpoints you see among the populace.  Like where I live now, I'm not far from Philly but I'm also a stone's throw from the sticks.  I would think in any given country anywhere, how far removed you are from a major metropolitan area may compartmentalize your world views.
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« Reply #16 on: April 26, 2010, 07:38:54 PM »

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High school was difficult for me in that a lot of bad things happened to me in my first year there that were wholly unrelated to school or my social life. Socially I liked HS waaay more than either elementary school or middle school.

It wasn't really dog-eat-dog for me at all. I did my own thing and other people did their own thing and we pretty much left each other alone.
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« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2010, 01:58:38 PM »

I always wondered this too! And if high school kids over there do actually all look about 30 years old :P

Also, I'm assuming it's bullshit that all the high schools have those huge gyms, with the enormous fold out stands and the shiny floor and scoreboards and shower rooms and stuff?
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« Reply #18 on: May 04, 2010, 04:16:11 PM »

My highschool AND middle school has gyms like that.

We also had showers but only the after-school teams had to use them.  Thank god.
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« Reply #19 on: May 04, 2010, 04:25:23 PM »

No, those are accurate, but nobody takes showers. That's only in pornos*.

Awesome thing though. My highschool only had freshman take gym (or, well, required one year of gym. Most people took it as freshman). Second half of the year they were renovating the gym with a new sound system so mostly we sat in the bleachers and chillaxed, because it's too cold in ohio for most of the year to go outside.

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« Reply #20 on: May 05, 2010, 04:57:00 PM »

Wow, those Gym halls are for real?

Truly shocked that those are common. My High School was TINY, 600-700 pupils from 5 different towns. Our Gym hall was also our dining hall and our assembly hall. (Also, Drama hall, music practice and all after school clubs such as Latin and self-defence). The same goes for my primary school (Primary School 3-11, High School 11-16/18)

And most other schools are the same, maybe the private schools are different.

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« Reply #21 on: May 05, 2010, 09:14:08 PM »

I went to a public school with a graduating class of like 200. Wasn't that big.
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« Reply #22 on: May 06, 2010, 05:02:02 AM »

I think in any given state, the further away you are from a major metropolitan area, the more narrow the viewpoints you see among the populace.  Like where I live now, I'm not far from Philly but I'm also a stone's throw from the sticks.  I would think in any given country anywhere, how far removed you are from a major metropolitan area may compartmentalize your world views.

To be fair though, Philly isn't that much different than a cesspool the sticks to begin with.
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« Reply #23 on: May 07, 2010, 10:36:18 AM »

I went to a public school with a graduating class of like 200. Wasn't that big.

I think he means 500-700 total students in the school.  I think my graduating class was around 300, but my total school population was around 1500-2000(Freshman/Sophmore class when I graduated was ENORMOUS.)
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« Reply #24 on: May 07, 2010, 03:41:53 PM »

My school had a total population of about 800 because it was about 200 per each year.
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« Reply #25 on: May 07, 2010, 09:07:18 PM »

Total students at my school was 15-1600. Graduating was 700something. The biggest grad class they'd ever seen, in fact. :P As a result our grad ceremony was ridiculously long and the dinner/dance was one of those huge banquet halls at a nice hotel. :P
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« Reply #26 on: May 10, 2010, 08:11:50 AM »

I'm pretty amazed that those gyms are for real...no wonder America produces so many good athletes. The sports facilities at my school were a joke.

What's a bleacher? Is it the stands?
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« Reply #27 on: May 10, 2010, 12:42:38 PM »

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bleacher
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« Reply #28 on: May 10, 2010, 05:43:03 PM »

PE class is still a joke, though.  I hated PE class because I was a wimpy kid and the jocks didn't need yet another reason to "rule the school."  Of course, I'm sure the jocks hated PE class as well, thought it was ridiculous, and thus took out their frustrations on us wimpy kids.  It's funny how athletes tend to be the superstars in US communities, yet PE classes are probably better run in other countries.  And don't get me started on how American school budgets will allocate a majority of funding to refloor the gym or something, and give squat for new textbooks and/or other academic resources.  PE's important and everything, especially with youth obesity being what it is, but it's only 1 period out of the school day.
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« Reply #29 on: May 10, 2010, 07:16:06 PM »

Gym reflooring and renovation is actually usually funded by private donations, as far as I know. Private donations have to be spent how the donor wants, more often than not.

The problem you run into is that sometimes these donations don't cover the cost of renovation and the school is forced to finance shit it can't really afford. This is why my university sucks.

Or rather sucked because I just graduated a few days ago. 3.83 GPA bitches.
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