Check out what's in

September 02, 1991|By Jean Marbella

Have you got the right one, baby, uh-huh?

The right clothes, the right lunch box, the right sneakers, the right celebrity crushes, the right chatter about the right show from the night before?

That's what many back-to-schoolers have on their minds on the eve of the first day of classes -- the actual reading, writing and 'rithmetic will (hopefully) come later.

So in the meantime, here's what our tipsters and our hunches tell us will be in and out among the school set this year.

But remember: The most "in" of all "ins" is individuality!

IN ... ... ... ... ... ... ... ... OUT

Backpacks ... ... ... ... .. .. .. Book bags

Mentors ... ... ... ... ... .. ... Bullies

Afrocentrism

for Baltimore fifth-graders ... .. Eurocentrism for anybody

"Beverly Hills 90210" ... ... .. .."The Simpsons"

Luke Perry ... ... ... ... ... ... Johnny Depp

Steve Urkel of "Family Matters" ...Theo Huxtable of "Cosby"

Julia Roberts' old hair ... ... ...Julia Roberts' new hair

Rollers ... ... ... ... ... ... ...Crimpers

Where's Waldo? ... ... ... ... ... Super Mario Bros.

Headbands ... ... ... ... ... ... .Slap bracelets

L Nikes and Reeboks ... ... ... ... .Shoes without commercials

Hot (read: neon) colors ... ... ...Cool (read: pastel) colors

Hypercolor T-shirts ... ... ... ...Bart Simpson T-shirts

Sexual abstinence course

OC for Howard County ninth-graders.. .Information cards about free

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..condoms for Carroll County high

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. ... .. .. .... ..schoolers

Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch ... New Kids on the Block

Fireworks pens

with scented purple, neon

OC blue, green, aqua and pink ink ... Bic pens with black, red and

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..green ink

Little Mermaid ... ... ... ... ... Garfield

Walter G. Amprey ... ... .. ... ...Richard C. Hunter

Six-hour, 15-minute days

for Anne Arundel

elementary schools ... .. .. .. .. Six-hour days for Anne Arundel

.. .. .. .. .. ... . .. .. .. .. .. elementary schools

Wrestlemania ... ... ... ... ... . Sesame Street

Neon vinyl book covers ... ... ... Brown book covers

All-boy classes

in two Baltimore schools ... ... All-boy schools in Detroit

All-girl classes

in those same two

Baltimore in Baltimore County

schools ... ... .. .. .. .. .. .. .Boys on girls' teams

Channel One (in all but two

Baltimore high schools) ... ... .. Channel One with many Baltimore parents)

CRT (Criterion-Referenced Test) .. CAT (California Achievement Test)

School-based management ... ... .. Centralized administration

Plaids ... ... ... ... ... .. .. ..Polka dots

Bike helmets ... ... ... ... .. .. Beepers

The Gap ... ... ... ... ... ... .. Overpriced stores

M. R. Duck T-shirts ... ... ... .. Big Pecker T-shirts

"101 Dalmatians" ... ... ... ... .."My Little Pony"

Paying for lunch with a

credit card at Howard

VJ County schools ... .. .. .. .. .. .Required community service for high

.. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..school graduation in Maryland

Breakfast pizza at

Baltimore schools ... ..... .. .. Skipping breakfast entirely

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