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This is funny but true. Sorry to all those who have seen it before (most of you i expect).
SCHOOL -- 1957 vs. 2010
Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
1957 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2010 - Police called, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.
Both children go to anger management programs for 3 months. School board hold meeting to impliment bullying prevention programs
Robbie won't be still in class, disrupts other students.
1957 - Robbie sent to office and given 6 of the best by the Principal. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2010 - Robbie given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. Robbie's parents get fortnightly disability payments and School gets extra funding from state because Robbie has a disability.
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1957 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2010 - 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.
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1957 - Mark gets glass of water from Principal to take aspirin with.
2010 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from Guy Fawkes, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a bull ant nest.
1957 - Ants die.
2010- Police Force, MI6 & Anti-terrorism Squad called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, MI6 investigate parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated. Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.
Johnny falls while running, during recess, and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Miss de'Meanor. She hugs him to comfort him.
1957 - In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2010 - Miss de'Meanor is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in Prison.
Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.
The sad thing is it's true rather than funny.
Well they were certainly a lot brighter in those days and even earlier. When we were visiting that fine heritage museum in Nairn I picked up a copy of an arithmetic test taken in 1898. It took me quite a while to complete it and that was with the aid of a calculator. I suppose nowadays they would use WolframAlpha!
The Long Haired One went to that school, and remembers taking that paper. (And if she sees this, I'm dead)
Sad but true, what is the world coming to?.
Perhaps one thing to add to the list.
1957- Few cars about, so no or few car crimes. Perhaps a friendly verbal reminder from the local beat bobby that the front headlight bulb as blown.
2010- Bored, nothing to do. Steal car and wreck it or injure a third party. Mountains of paperwork, masses of experts giving advice. Sentenced to 50 hours of unpaid community work, and told to attend a specialist management and risk course.
I'll repeat my response from when we last did this 2 years ago; click here
It is also true and not funny. Terry is still shuffling around btw.
Terry is set upon for no other reason than he is bright, by class thug. Teachers, who are scared to death of thug's family, (who are akin to the Macquires in Shameless, if that means anything) go down the "shake hands and forget it" route. Terry is terrified to leave the school but is assured by same teachers "it'll be all right". Terry is ambushed on the way home by same thug and his three cousins and kicked repeatedly in the head. He remains in a coma for 4 months, one month longer than thug spends in borstal. Terry is no longer bright, he is sort of 'smiley simple'. He's never had a girlfriend, or a job, he wears a nappy, and to this day gets the piss taken out of him nearly every day, often by the feral progeny of the scum that made him that way.
Ah the good old days.
A fiver in the post or I'll send Lynne an email ;o}}
I'm just tying it to the pigeon's leg.......
story of my youth and it did me no harm, just good and I can testify for myself.
1957 National Service
2010 National Disgrace
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