Friday Faves: John Greene Gets Personal, the Social Benefits of Smaller Classes, and More!

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TGIF! The Choices/TeenBeing team has rounded up our picks for the best of this week’s web.

1.These twin brothers might not be the most typical high school students (they’ve already started their own business and have audited classes at New York Law School), but this piece provides an interesting look into the unbelievably busy lives of two high school students in New York City. What happened to just hanging out with your friends after school?

2. A mother sent her kids to school this week with a perfectly healthy homemade lunch and was fined for it! Apparently, it lacked a source of whole grains and thus was  “supplemented” with… saturated fat-laden Ritz crackers? We’re on the mom’s side here—let’s stick with the real stuff please!

3. A recent study has found that the types of classes high school students are enrolled in can have an effect on the friendships they form in school. Smaller, more elective based classes, like woodshop or Latin, allow students to get to know each other better, and thus the students are less likely to form friendships based purely on social status or other visible characteristics.

4. Struggling to get your kid off the couch? Tell them you can beat them in a race… or that you could’ve when you were their age. And you won’t be lying! A new study has found that kids today are less fit than their parents were at the same age. And while parents might like to gloat about this, it isn’t a good thing! The Center for Disease Control recommends that teens get at least an hour of physical activity a day to help prevent the development of chronic conditions, like heard disease, later in life.

5. Catching Fire comes out today, and we’re huge Hunger Games fans here at TeenBeing. Check out this textual analysis of The Hunger Games to learn more about the words Suzanne Collins used to create her dystopic world, and how her choices compare to Twilight and Harry Potter.

6. John Greene, author of the NYT bestseller The Fault in Our Stars, recently posted a video of him opening up about his personal experiences with bullying. It’s adorable and inspiring and thought-provoking, and we implore you to watch it here.

Did we miss anything big from this week? Let us know your faves in the comments below!

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