Friday Thought – Is School Better Now?
These scenerios from a friend may possibly not be as far fetched as you might imagine!
SCHOOL – 1963 vs. 2013
Johnny and Mark get into a fight after school.
1963 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends.
2013 – Police called, and they arrest Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it. Both children go to anger management programmes for 3 months. School governors hold meeting to implement bullying prevention programmes.
Robbie won’t be still in class, disrupts other students.
1963 – Robbie sent to the office and given six of the best by the Principal. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2013 – Robbie given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADHD – result deemed to be positive. Robbie’s parents get fortnightly disability payments and school gets extra funding from government because Robbie has a disability.
Billy breaks a window in his neighbour’s car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1963 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2013 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care; joins a gang; ends up in jail.
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1963 – Mark gets glass of water from Principal to take aspirin with. Passes exams, becomes a solicitor.
2013 – Police called, Mark searched for drugs and weapons. Mark expelled from school for drug taking. Ends up as a drop out.
Johnny takes apart leftover fireworks from Guy Fawkes night, puts them in a paint tin & blows up a wasp’s nest.
1963 – Wasps die.
2013 – Police & Anti-Terrorism Squad called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, investigate parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated. Johnny’s Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly in an airplane again.
Johnny falls over while running during morning break and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. She hugs him to comfort him.
1963 – In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing footie. No damage done.
2013 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy and ends up gay.
So, were they the good old days after all?