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In the Mix

Cliques: Behind The Labels (#436)

IN THE MIX explores the various cliques that exist in schools, each with their own set of dress codes, slang, and behavior as well as the reasons for being part of a group. Hosted by actor Jerry O'Connell, viewers meet among others, the "popular girls," "skaters," "goths", and "floaters." Everyone, from the popular kids to the loners, say they experience harassment and often feel misunderstood. Whether they are labeled a "snob" or a "geek," we see how stereotyping creates rifts between groups and often leads to cruelty and mistreatment of individuals. Through understanding the people behind the labels, viewers discover they are individuals with a lot more in common than they thought. Teens who were "loners" also show how they reached out to make friends. [28 minutes] Closed Captioning

This episode has not aired in the past few months on Iowa Public Television.

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Information For Teachers

Grade Levels
6-8, 9-12
Curricular Areas
Social Studies
Series Length
54 episodes
Average Episode Length
28 minutes
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Series Description: IN THE MIX is the series that "manages to be both hip and responsible." The series' single-theme episodes offer solution-oriented examinations of critical issues and profiles of model programs that provide teens with information needed to make thoughtful decisions. Also highlighted are the accomplishments of young people of diverse backgrounds, providing much needed positive role models.

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