449: Middle School

449: Middle School

Oct 28, 2011

This week, at the suggestion of a 14-year-old listener, we bring you stories from the awkward, confusing, hormonally charged world of middle school. Including a teacher who transforms peer pressure into a force for good, and reports from the frontlines of the middle school dance.

(Pictured: 7th graders at a costume dance, dressed as chararacters from The Outsiders.)

  • Producer Sarah Koenig reports on a kid we'll call Leo, whose family recently moved away from Rochester, NY, leaving behind all of Leo's friends and stranding him in a new — and in his opinion, much worse — middle school. (10 minutes)EducationTeenagers

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7th graders at the middle school costume dance...dressed as chararacters from The Outsiders, which they were reading in school. (Beacon Middle School; Lewes, Delware)

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