Tuesday, January 27, 2009

School Days Then and Now

I received the following email from a friend. I thought it was a scream, and quite accurate. I share it today for your amusement or mourning, depending on your perspective. How stupid our society has become!

Scenario :
Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with shotgun in gun rack.
1959 - Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2009 - School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again.
Counselors called in fo r traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario :
Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
1959 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2009 - 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.
1959 - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by the Principal. Returns to class, sits still and does not
disrupt class again.
2009 - 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 belt.
1959 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to col lege, and becomes a successful businessman.
2009 - 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.
1959 - Mark shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock.
2009 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario :
Pedro fails high school English.
1959 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.
2009 - 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.

Scenario :
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.
1959 - Ants die.
2009 - BATF, Homeland Security, and 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.
1959 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2009 - 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.


Anonymous said...

The accuracy is chilling.

Rob Auld said...

A black Student goes to a predominately white school.

1959: Black Student is turned away by governor of the state who calls the police. The black student is severly beaten and thrown in jail but never charged.

2008: The student is welcomed because we've progressed so much in 50 years.

Give me a break about the nostalgia of the 1950's. It was horrible times for many. Don't give me your family values garbage. Stuff like this makes me nuts.


Phil Perkins said...

Don't blame others.

Phil Perkins.

Anonymous said...

Rob Auld makes clueless comment.

1959: A couple of his classmates learn of it and make fun of him.

2009: It's posted on the Internet and the whole world learns he's a bitter individual who made a clueless comment.

Solameanie said...

Apples and oranges, Rob. Besides, you don't justify bad behavior by pointing to other bad behavior.

Get it?

. said...

I wouldn't call it nastalgia so much as making a simple contrast between two different periods of time. These are horrible times for many today just as they were for many in the 1950s.

Our viewpoint should be not so much about what times are better for different groups of people, but more about thinking about life from God's point of view. Not our own.

Man is no more or less a sinner today than he was in the 1950s. That has to be our worldview and then simply advocate for the ONLY remedy for sin, that is our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.


Dan Grubbs
The Portico Dialogue

Solameanie said...

I'd agree with you, Dan, for the most part. I would point out one difference today from the 1950s. While there were certainly evil things going on then as now, such as homosexuality etc, at least there was a far larger societal consensus that those things WERE evil and should be shamed. There isn't much shame anymore. The things that were once shunned and shamed are now celebrated.

. said...

Good clarification for me, Joel. I will continue to remind myself that it doesn't matter if I think it is shameful or not. If God considers it shameful, it's shameful. But, I guess that's a biblical world view and that's your point!

Keep up the great work.

Dan Grubbs
The Portico Dialogue