23 May 2008

SCHOOL -- 1958 vs. 2008

Scenario: Jack goes quail hunting before school,
pulls into school parking lot with shotgun in gun
1957 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's
shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to
show Jack.
2007 - 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: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after
1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake
hands and end up buddies.
2007 - 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.
1957 - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good
paddling by the Principal. 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.

Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car
and his Dad gives him a whipping with his
1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up
normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful
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 herself and their dad goes
to prison. Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.

Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin
to school.
1957 - Mark shares aspirin with Principal out on the
smoking dock.
2007 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for
drug violations. Car searched for drugs and

Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.
1957 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English,
goes to college, gets a great job.
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, he cannot
support his family and goes on welfare.

Scenario: 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.

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.
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. Johnny
undergoes 5 years of therapy.

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