High School 1957 vs. 2012


Scenario 1:
Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck’s gun rack.

1957 – Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2012 – School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario 2:
Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.
1957 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2012 – Police called and SWAT team arrives — they arrest both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged with assault and both expelled even though Johnny started it .

Scenario 3:
Jeffrey will not be still in class, he disrupts other students.
1957 – Jeffrey sent to the Principal’s office and given a good paddling by the Principal. He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2012 – Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He is then tested for ADD. The family gets extra money (SSI) from the government because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario 4:
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.
2012 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse, Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. The state psychologist is told by Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom has an affair with the psychologist.

Scenario 5:
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1957 – Mark shares his aspirin with the Principal out on the smoking dock .
2012 – The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations. His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6:
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.
1957 – Ants die.
2012 – ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called. Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism. The FBI investigates his parents – and all siblings are removed from their home and all computers are confiscated. Johnny’s dad is placed on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario 7:
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1957 – In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2012 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

3 comments on “High School 1957 vs. 2012”

  1. As far as ADHD stuff…I’ve got a 13 year old who was diagnosed with severe ADHD. He’s not on meds but the school tried to force me to put him on them. He got kicked out repeatedly this year for such things as “throwing paper airplanes” in class and “running and jumping over a bench” and talking back to teachers. Back when I was in junior high in the 80’s this would have resulted in having to stay after school and clean desks or do extra work but apparently now that is illegal or something and they expel them from school instead. It got bad enough though that they sent him to the alternative school and because he was too much trouble there they said he’s “not a good fit for the public school” so I have him at home and a homebound teacher coming to see him for an hour a day. I’m trying to figure out what to do with him the rest of the school day and he’s a very hard worker so some sort of JOB would be nice where he could help paint houses or work with tools or work on a farm or something would be fantastic but of course child labor laws prevent that now. He’s too old and too big for me to spank but of course if I were doing that I’d get in trouble too. Makes parenting way more difficult than it should be to have all these extra rules and the sad thing is that the children who are actually being abused still fall through the cracks.

  2. yeah the fifties always do appear to be this perfect time in history when boys were boys and girls were girls and all was right with the world: oh the good ole days, but reality is, they werent all that good either. My husband was born ’54 and my father in law is 95 – they mostly miss the ford wood panel station wagon, everything else that was just the way it was.

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