November 14th, 2007
08:57 PM ET

Uncliquing Cliques

I first noticed cliques at a dance in 7th grade.  Our hair was huge; we reeked of cologne; we thought Bon Jovi songs were romantic.  But there was something else I noticed:  Most of my classmates were permanently attached to small groups all around the gym.  I felt kind-of like a pinball bouncing from place to place because so many of my friends belonged to different cliques.

Thursday, we heard about a school that tried to break up cliques by requiring students to share their lunchtime with different people than usual.  Would this work for you?  If you're in a really tight group of friends, would you be willing to leave them to spend time with others?  And would people have fun or just sit quietly, wishing they were somewhere else?

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