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Most every high school in America has its own set of cliques or social castes whose members mingle mostly within the one clique Many schools have unique groups according to the area such as surfers snow bunnies and hicks referring to people who surf snow skiboard or take on more rural looks However most schools share some common groups such as preppies who are usually the upper class students with more money goths who are earmarked by their usually black clothes and body piercings geeksnerds who are the scholarly students jocks who participate in sports and school activities and usually cheerleaders make up their own clique although most often belonging to the preppie group No matter how integrated one may think their school is it is more than likely that upon closer observation the discrimination between groups will become quite clear After all social cliques are a normal and healthy phase of adolescent life that aid in the learning of social norms and general cultural practices Many students interviewed by Matt Tabor a collaborator for wwwihighcom agree that something as careless as who a child is placed next to on the first day of kindergarten can determine that childs future clique membership A childs earliest companions will soon lead them through middle and high school determining what caste they will become part of along the way These cliques are the dynamic forces behind social blueprints in the high school setting the clique youre in determines whom you associate with what activities youre involved in and whether or not your high school experience is a happy one Kick That Clique 2000 The problem of the clique is starting earlier than ever Because children are brought into social settings at ages as young as two years they are thrust into a world that is prepping them for the years ahead Children are learning at a very young age that fitting in is a good feeling and is
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