Why schools have Regina Georges, while some have none


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We’ve all seen “Mean Girls” (What, you haven’t? You can’t sit with us.), and have experienced the effects of cliques in our own lives back in school. According to a study, some schools are more likely to have cliques than others. Researchers led by education professor Daniel McFarland found out that “school that offer students more choice – more elective courses, more ways to complete requirements, a bigger range of potential friends, more freedom to select seats in a classroom – are more likely to be rank-ordered, cliquish, and segregated.” In other words, the size, organizational structure, and academic systems of a school help determine whether students form their own version of The Plastics or not.

Read more on “The Science of Us” in NYmag.com; The Washington Post; and Stanford University.

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