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19th May '16 8:00:08 PM OnGreenDolphinStreet
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9th May '16 4:04:06 PM nlpnt
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There are real differences in educational philosophy behind the name shift from "junior high" to "middle school" starting in the 1970s, as well as a matter of teacher prestige. However, due to the localized nature of American public education, some districts took these on board more or less than others, regardless of whether they actually changed the name on the building or not. Thus, in the public mind (and therefore in fiction), the two terms are used interchangeably. The older term's stickiness in media is not only due to MostWritersAreAdults but that [[WeAllLiveInSouthernCalifornia Los Angeles Unified School District was a late adopter]], only changing over in the 1990s.

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There are real differences in educational philosophy behind the name shift from "junior high" to "middle school" starting in the 1970s, as well as a matter of teacher prestige. However, due to the localized nature of American public education, some districts took these on board more or less than others, regardless of whether they actually changed the name on the building or not. Thus, in the public mind (and therefore in fiction), the two terms are used interchangeably. The older term's stickiness in media is not only due to MostWritersAreAdults but that [[WeAllLiveInSouthernCalifornia [[SoCalization Los Angeles Unified School District was a late adopter]], only changing over in the 1990s.
9th May '16 4:01:48 PM nlpnt
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There are real differences in educational philosophy behind the name shift from "junior high" to "middle school" starting in the 1970s, as well as a matter of teacher prestige. However, due to the localized nature of American public education, some districts took these on board more or less than others, regardless of whether they actually changed the name on the building or not. Thus, in the public mind (and therefore in fiction), the two terms are used interchangeably.

Note that even though "middle school" happens to be a direct translation of the Japanese ''Chuugakkou'', the name shift has little to do with the [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld institutional Japanophilia]] of TheEighties.

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There are real differences in educational philosophy behind the name shift from "junior high" to "middle school" starting in the 1970s, as well as a matter of teacher prestige. However, due to the localized nature of American public education, some districts took these on board more or less than others, regardless of whether they actually changed the name on the building or not. Thus, in the public mind (and therefore in fiction), the two terms are used interchangeably. \n\n The older term's stickiness in media is not only due to MostWritersAreAdults but that [[WeAllLiveInSouthernCalifornia Los Angeles Unified School District was a late adopter]], only changing over in the 1990s.

Note that even though "middle school" happens to be a direct translation of the Japanese ''Chuugakkou'', the name shift has little to do with the [[JapanTakesOverTheWorld institutional Japanophilia]] of TheEighties.
TheEighties.
30th Dec '14 9:59:37 PM nombretomado
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12th Nov '14 3:09:46 AM SvartiKotturinn
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In Israel, which used to have first-through-eighth grades in elementary and ninth-through-twelfth high schools, seventh-through-ninth middle schools were introduced to reduce the shock from the stark changes from elementary to high school, which caused many students to drop out. This backfired when it turned out they were actually increasing disparities between students, and nowadays many schools are middle-cum-high schools.
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