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What's it like being gay in high school these days?

Adult gay man here. I wasn't out (publicly) in high school, and nobody else was either. In fact, I remember people still talking about "that one gay guy" who had graduated something like five years before me. I drove to colleges to meet people. What's it like these days? Is it generally no big deal? Is it common to take same-sex dates to events? Does anybody care?
posted by LastOfHisKind on Feb 22, 2014 - 14 answers

STEM Education and Mentoring Ideas for High School Girls?

Through work I am co-leading an effort to do STEM outreach at a local high school. There are several different groups as part of the effort. One group is focusing on mentoring and another is running an app building contest, etc. I am working with the group whose job it is to encourage women and girls to get involved in STEM course tracks, specifically IT. [more inside]
posted by seesom on Feb 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Fun school club ideas?

I'm a high school teacher and I want to start a club for my students that's just about having fun. [more inside]
posted by figaro on Dec 13, 2013 - 12 answers

Need statistics to convince my students they should learn to touch-type.

Please help me find statistics to convince my high school students they should learn how to touch-type. [more inside]
posted by Salvor Hardin on Sep 11, 2013 - 38 answers

What are some alternatives to going to college?

What are some options for a bright young man who wants to delay college? It can be volunteer-based, overseas, career ideas, special programs, alternate ideas of how to approach higher learning...anything. The main thing he wants is real-world experience outside of a classroom, something that will help him grow as a person and help him learn what he wants out of life. [more inside]
posted by piratesriding on Aug 10, 2013 - 38 answers

So my son wants to enlist...

So my bright, handsome hs senior son wants to enlist in the Marines. I am wrestling with a few things. He has always wanted to join the military so this was not unexpected. What is unexpected is 1) he always wanted to join the Army 2) he always wanted to do ROTC. Now he has been online with some military forums and he has decided he really wants to be on the ground doing engineering stuff (he’s thinking electrical engineering). He’s met with the recruiter, we’ve met with the recruiter and all sounds good. But I am having a hard time as a mom getting over the change of plan, enlisted vs officer, also the Marines vs any other military branch. I think of Marines as the branch that takes the biggest brunt of foreign involvement - as in really dangerous. [more inside]
posted by lasamana on Aug 2, 2013 - 48 answers

Technical Theater for Kids

I'm trying to find out if there are summer programs for kids (~13-15) who want to get involved in technical theater or backstage work in NYC. There seem to be a lot of paid summer acting classes, but I'm not sure where to find or look for backstage volunteer work for young people. If anyone has specific programs or places to start looking, I'd appreciate it.
posted by edbles on Jul 20, 2013 - 3 answers

Exchange Student to Scotland

My daughter is interested in studying abroad in Edinburgh for the equivalent of her 10th grade year (fourth year in Scotland). She has an open invitation to live with family friends in Edinburgh. However, there is zero information on how we can do this without help from an official exchange student program. The internets is no help. What are the steps we need to go through to make this happen? [more inside]
posted by lostinsupermarket on Jun 11, 2013 - 3 answers

Appealing high school suspension?

Brother suspended for three days from his high school in California, due to 1. "racist comments"- from an off colour joke and 2. refusing to tell an officer his name. Is the disciplinary action taken equivalent to his behavior? How can we go about appealing it,if so? More details inside. [more inside]
posted by flying_trapeze on Jan 18, 2013 - 50 answers

Building a carrer

So let me explain my situation, I'm a junior in high school, almost 17, and am starting to think about the future. I have found my passion, building. I'm taking a shop class, and I freaking LOVE it. I used to be at the top of my class, and then I started doing very bad in high school, not sure what happened. It became like a confidence spiral where I wouldn't do something cause it was hard (laziness), get behind, miss more, etc etc. Fast forward 2 years. I took shop, where I became good friends with the teacher, have 100% in it, make amazing things, and absolutely love it. I only have it every other day, and its all I look forward to. I think it's what I would like to do for the rest of my life. [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 on Oct 4, 2012 - 37 answers

How does one become a High School Russian teacher

How do I go about getting hired for a position that doesn't exist: a High School Russian teacher? [more inside]
posted by SollosQ on Sep 28, 2012 - 20 answers

Are old friendships really that much richer than new ones?

Is it really so bad that I don't have friends from high school anymore? [more inside]
posted by sunrisecoffee on Aug 14, 2012 - 57 answers

Midlife relationship question

I recently met online a former high school boyfriend from 25 years ago. We've seen each other briefly at reunions, but now we are both single and he is over the moon with me before we've even had a chance to meet in person again, which will happen tomorrow. I am confused and overwhelmed by his interest in me, how do I proceed? [more inside]
posted by waving on Jul 17, 2012 - 15 answers

Should I go to my 10 year high school reunion?

10 year high school reunion this weekend. Wasn't going to go, now have second thoughts. My life isn't great and have underachieved. Is it worth going to for curiosity? [more inside]
posted by lankford on Jun 26, 2012 - 30 answers

Can a veteran who enlisted in the early 80's prove that he's a high school graduate?

Can a veteran who enlisted in the early 80's prove that he's a high school graduate? [more inside]
posted by caroljean63 on Feb 19, 2012 - 16 answers

How to stop getting schooled by school?

How can I stop being so freaking miserable in school? I hate school so much, and I have no idea how to stop being so depressed about it all the time. [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 on Jan 30, 2012 - 38 answers

As a tutor, how do I communicate with underprivileged, urban high school students?

As a tutor, how do I communicate with underprivileged, urban high school students? [more inside]
posted by efsrous on Jan 15, 2012 - 15 answers

Football virgin! Help!

I'm going to be a sophomore in high school, and I wanna play football for the first time. What do I need, and what should I expect? Practice starts in 6 weeks. [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 on Jun 30, 2011 - 11 answers

What should I get my little brother for high school graduation?

What should I get my little brother for high school graduation? [more inside]
posted by angsolom on May 25, 2011 - 37 answers

Reading on Research in the Digital Age

Summer short course filter: Fun readings on the internet, the future, and research in the digital age for high school teachers. Help a librarian plan a syllabus! [more inside]
posted by activitystory on Apr 28, 2011 - 5 answers

Junior High School Musical!

What is a good choice for a Junior High School musical production? Details inside. [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Sep 6, 2010 - 6 answers

What are good enrichment programs / opportunities for Canadian high school students?

What are good enrichment programs for Canadian high school students? [more inside]
posted by perpetualstroll on Aug 20, 2010 - 1 answer

Am I a crazy person to want to become a teacher?

I've taken a one year leave from a grad school program in physics. I was very unhappy in grad school, and I'm now leaning towards not going back. My next best idea is to become a high-school teacher in physics and/or math in the Boston area. Am I crazy? How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jun 2, 2010 - 13 answers

Help finding new books for a high school English class.

What books have you read since high school that you wish you had read in high school? [more inside]
posted by trojanhorse on May 15, 2010 - 22 answers

Boyfriend and I miles apart

How to make long distance relationship work after high school? [more inside]
posted by xopaigexo on May 13, 2010 - 25 answers

Which US states have state history classes?

In this thread, state history classes were brought up. I've always assumed Texas was the only state that had them, since people I've mentioned them to who were from other states thought the idea was weird. However, apparently Washington, at least, has them as well. Which other states do? Is it a unit of a more general US History class or a whole year-long class like Texas?
posted by DecemberBoy on Apr 7, 2010 - 106 answers

Office drone to high school English teacher?

I hate my office job. I want to quit it and become a high school English teacher. Is that stupid? What would I have to do to get started if I live in NYC? What are the pros and cons of teaching high school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 29, 2010 - 24 answers

Put them on the road to not Dislike Some Linguists

Good linguistics video or interactive links to show to high schoolers. [more inside]
posted by oflinkey on Dec 14, 2009 - 3 answers

The High-School drop-out would like some respect.

How bad is the high school drop-out stigma among the general public? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 3, 2009 - 34 answers

High school honors

Is there any way to prove someone was awarded/received a high school honor such as induction into the National Honor Society or being a National Merit Scholarship finalist? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 31, 2009 - 10 answers

Business major -> English teacher

I've decided I want to teach high school english. Problem: I have a BS in Business Admin. How do I do this? [more inside]
posted by firei on Jun 11, 2009 - 7 answers

High School movies?

I know Heathers, Clueless, Breakfast Club, Carrie, Dead Poets Society, all the obvious ones... can you complete this list? Thank you, Hive Mind.
posted by mooza on May 24, 2009 - 59 answers

Prank a high school!

Do you have any ideas for a prank against a rival high school at our reunion? [more inside]
posted by storybored on Apr 22, 2009 - 7 answers

Picking Short Stories for a High School Literature Class

If you could plan a high school course introducing freshmen to the short story, what stories would you recommend? [more inside]
posted by John of Michigan on Apr 4, 2009 - 72 answers

Two Master's Degrees... What are my options?

This spring I will be finished with my second Master's degree. I've been at my current job for almost three years and while I enjoy it immensely, I am wondering about other opportunities that having two graduate degrees might open up for me. Am hoping to obtain answers especially from individuals who have multiple degrees and have gone into somewhat different career paths. [more inside]
posted by msposner on Nov 11, 2008 - 3 answers

Where did artist Elizabeth Peyton go to high school?

Where did Elizabeth Peyton go to high school? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Oct 1, 2008 - 1 answer

how can i restore peace in my high school major class?

How can i restore peace in my high school major class? [more inside]
posted by freddymetz on Sep 4, 2008 - 15 answers

Math is cool, right?

[Math filter] What fascinatingly cool mathematical topics do you wish you knew about in high school? [more inside]
posted by tomcochrane on Mar 27, 2008 - 102 answers

High School Reunion - Planning Advice!

I'm planning a high school reunion for my class and the two classes that graduated after me. Am I overlooking any planning details? [more inside]
posted by thankyoumuchly on Oct 10, 2007 - 13 answers

girls before graduation

how does one ask a girl out? [more inside]
posted by oranges on May 15, 2007 - 39 answers

Public Education in Memphis, Tn

My family and I will be moving to mid-town Memphis this summer. I originally thought private education was the only way to go in Memphis but after doing my research I am finding out that there are some public schools where academics are challenging and they offer more extracurricular activities than the private schools. I am leaning towards White Station high school and Snowden for elementary school. Appreciate any help.
posted by bethrossrn on Apr 11, 2007 - 5 answers

What movie am I thinking of?

So there's this movie that I saw when I was a kid, but don't know what it was called... [more inside]
posted by kisch mokusch on Apr 2, 2007 - 4 answers

Get out and do something, you punk kid!

My 17-year-old little brother needs something enriching to do this summer. Any suggestions? [more inside]
posted by pcameron on Mar 22, 2007 - 29 answers

What should I know before tutoring Sudanese refugees in highschool?

So I'm going to start teaching English and Maths to Sudanese kids (refugees) struggling in high school for free. What should I know? [more inside]
posted by PuGZ on Mar 18, 2007 - 2 answers

Greatest Ask MetaFilter question ever?

I beseech thee, oh great hive mind. Help me think of some creative high school superlative ideas. [more inside]
posted by theiconoclast31 on Jan 5, 2007 - 22 answers

Deferring the School

I am closing in on my high school graduation and I'm at a loss for the next step. I think I want to take a year off. There's [more inside]
posted by daviss on Dec 17, 2006 - 24 answers

What's your best idea for a high school social event

So-- I go to boarding school. At my school, there's a senior position entitled Vice President of Social Life. I've already made it to the finals- just two candidates left. I have to give a speech on Tuesday. I was wondering if the MeFi community had any good ideas for social events to be held for a 9th through 12th grade high school. [more inside]
posted by daviss on May 13, 2006 - 14 answers

Alternative-education high schools in the Western US?

Do you know of any really neat alternative high schools in the Western United States? What's so neat about them? What ideas from them can I cheerfully steal and use in my own teaching? [more inside]
posted by mhespenheide on Apr 17, 2006 - 2 answers

I played this song a hundred times in band, but I can't remember the name.

Help me identify an intense piece of music I played in high school band. [more inside]
posted by liet on Mar 31, 2006 - 13 answers

Are you going to be my girl?

How do I tell a crush from high school that I still have feeling for her? How do I act on those feelings? [more inside]
posted by nickerbocker on Jan 21, 2006 - 44 answers

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