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How schools change – 1950s vs. 2011

Got this elsewhere on the web and it would have been a crime not to share. It does a good job of highlighting social changes while making you laugh.

Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.

1950s – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.

2011 – Police called, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it. Both children go to anger management programs for 3 months. School board hold meeting to impliment bullying prevention programs.

Scenario: Robbie won’t be still in class, disrupts other students.

1950s – Robbie sent to office and given 6 wacks by the Principal. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2011 – Robbie given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. Robbie’s parents get disability payments and school gets extra funding from state because Robbie has a disability.

Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1950s – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.

2011 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison.

Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1950s – Mark gets glass of water from Principal to take aspirin with.

2011 – Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane, blows it up.

1950s – Plane blown to little plastic bits.

2011- State Police, Federal Police & Anti-terrorism Squad called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, Feds investigate parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated. Johnny’s dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1950s – In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2011 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.


One Response

  1. […] The 1950s was when you smoked in schools, when people wore cardigans unironically while offering good bowling advice, and when you could literally leave your door unlocked at night and expect a neighbor to have delivered apple pie before dawn. […]

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