Thursday, March 15, 2007

Then and Now...

Scenario: Jack pulls into school parking lot with a rifle in a gun rack.

1970-Vice Principal comes over, takes a look at Jack's rifle, goes to his car and gets his to show Jack.

2006- School goes into lockdown, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

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Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1970-Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends. Nobody goes to jail, nobody arrested, nobody expelled.

2006-Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.

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Scenario: Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students.

1970-Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by Principal. Sits still in class.

2006-Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.

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Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his father's car and his Dad gives him a whipping.

1970-Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.

2006-Billy's Dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. Billy's sister is told by state psychologist that she remembers being abused herself and their Dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.

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

1970-Mark shares headache medicine with Principal out on the smoking dock.

2006-Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car and locker searched for drugs and weapons.

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Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.

1970-Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.

2006-Pedro's cause is taken up by state Democratic Party. 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 can't speak English.

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Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.

1970-Ants die.

2006-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.

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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.

1970-In a short time Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2006-Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in State Prison.


4 comments:

Ordinary Janet said...

wow, I'm nostalgic!

Dazd said...

Hauntingly true...unfortunately.

MrsJoseGoldbloom said...

You hit upon a few topics that I've been dealing with lately. I really hate the modern day school system, Maybe home schooling is in my future. And don't even get me started on the "zero tolerance" policy, the only ones hurt by that are the victims of the bullies.

Dirk_Star said...

I think we are a better place today.

That is what I am being told to say.

If I say anything else the state says I will never see my wife again...