Schools 1957 Vs 2008..This is progress????
Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end upbuddies.
2007 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge
them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.
Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students.
1957 - Jeffrey is sent to the principal's office where he gets a reprimand and a good paddling. He returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2007 - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2007 - 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 as well and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.
Mark has a headache so his Mom gives him two aspirin with instructions - go to school and take two at lunchtime.
1957 - Mark takes the two aspirin at lunchtime - no more headache.
2007 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. His mother is arrested for negligence and child abuse. His car searched for drugs and weapons and is placed in a police compound with a $250 charge for towing and $50 per day storage fee.
Pedro fails high school English.
1957 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.
2007 - Pedro's cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro's English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.
1957 - Ants die.
2007- BATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his 3rd grade teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1957 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2007 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. His parents sue the teacher, the principal, the local school board, the town, the county, and the state for millions. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.
You know, being an international here in the states, I can understand how people now would be pissed about looking at things so cynically. However, from all my travels around the world (my parents are pretty huge travel buffs) the sad thing is that this sort of a thing is happening all over the world. The result may not be the exact same thing, however, at one level or another, it is pretty much the same. Very sad.
Everybody today is about extremes - either you are 200% for something or you are dead set against it. And I can understand why...the patience to sit and discuss things logically and sensitively is very rare. But this is a global phenomenon.
I hate discussing politics because I am always afraid to lose friends I've made so I'm gonna end this at that.
i've seen it personally....my parent's were not super strict...but i got spanked...with hands and wooden spoons :) my parent's demanded respect...and they got it.
one of my nephews is always talking back to his parents....and telling them NO. it's hard for me to deal with, i wanna throttle the kid. and he's only 7. only gonna get worse.
It sucks. I saw a similar thread to this one on thehighroad.org, a firearms-centered forum. Around the '50s, some kid would have a shotgun in the gun rack of his truck against his back window, the principal would see it, and bring his over from his truck to show it to the student. Now, they would call the ATF, cops, SWAT team, everyone. You also have to blame the morons who've done stupid things, such as with firearms, medication, etc. It is largely because of them that people have grown paranoid. Growing up, my dad's family would even leave the door unlocked/open at times. Nothing ever happened. I wonder what it will be like in the future...
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