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Schooling 1958 vs. 2008

This has been doing the rounds recently. It’s clearly from a US perspective, but sadly it’s just as relevant to the UK. (And it means my blog post for the day comes ready-made!)

Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fight after school.
1958 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up mates.
2008 – Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.

Scenario: Jeffrey won’t be still in class, disrupts other students.
1958 – Jeffrey sent to office and given a good caning by the Principal. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2008 – Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.

Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his neighbour’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1958 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normally, goes to uni, and becomes a successful businessman.
2008 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. Psychologist tells Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their Dad goes to prison. Billy’s Mum has affair with psychologist.

Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1958 – Mark shares aspirin with Principal.
2008 – Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.
1958 – Pedro gets extra tuition, passes English, goes to Uni.
2008 – Pedro’s cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. Class action lawsuit filed by anti discrimination commissioner against Education Dept 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.

Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers, puts them in a model aeroplane paint bottle, blows up an ant bed.
1958 – Ants die.
2008 – Local police & AFP called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, parents investigated, 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 morning tea and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1958 – In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2008 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in prison while Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

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2 responses to “Schooling 1958 vs. 2008

  1. Barbara May 21, 2008 at 12:35 pm

    Really enjoyed this writing. My husband graduated from high school in 1958, and I in 1961. Your words are so true and a reminder that change is not always for the better. Thanks!

  2. liberal_fire November 18, 2008 at 9:08 pm

    How conservative are you ? I was confused a little bit because I thought this supposed to be a conservative blog ? I think the behavior your describing for kids in 1958 is on the contrary of conservative kids and schools were more liberal back then. more liberal in the sense that there was punishment and reward and you got to do what you likes whether your a teacher or a student. this article is in the wrong blog.

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