School 1978 v School 2008

Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
1978 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up mates.
2008 – Police are called, Armed Response Unit arrives and arrests Johnny and Mark. Mobiles with video of fight confiscated as evidence. They are charged with assault, ASBOs are taken out and both are suspended even though Johnny started it. Diversionary conferences and parent meetings conducted. Video shown on 6 internet sites.

Scenario: Jeffrey won't sit still in class, disrupts other students.
1978 – Jeffrey is sent to the Head's office and given 6 of the best. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2008 – Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin. Counselled to death. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. School gets extra funding because Jeffrey has a disability. Drops out of school.

Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his neighbour's car and his Dad gives him the slipper.
1978 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2008 – Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care and joins a gang. Psychologist tells Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy's mum has an affair with the psychologist. Psychologist gets a promotion.

Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover fireworks, puts them in a model plane paint bottle and blows up an anthill.
1978 – Ants die.
2008 – MI5 and police are called and Johnny is charged with perpetrating acts of terrorism. Teams investigate parents, siblings are removed from the home, computers are confiscated, and Johnny's dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario: Johnny falls during break and scrapes his knee. His teacher, Mary, finds him crying, and gives him a hug to comfort him.
1978 – Johnny soon feels better and goes back to playing.
2008 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in prison. Johnny undergoes five years of therapy.


Many a true word spoken in jest!

This was lifted from a post on the Edugeek site.

One Reply to “School 1978 v School 2008”

  1. I love your blog and I love your post. Our troop just started a blog last year. Its amazing I should come across yours Im so glad I did. You have great posts here.
    We were just on this subject with our scouts. Showing them the ridiculousness of some of the events that occur in society today. We were telling them stories of what we did when we were young and they responded ….if we did that now. My husband is the assistant scoutmaster in our troop and I am committee chairman. It has been great fun. Every day with these boys has been an absolute privledge. We have had the same boys since they were 5 and 6. Watching them grow has been like watching our own family grow. They are considered our family as well, our scouting family.
    These children or should I say young tteens now have it very hard. They told us all about how very hard it was on the last campout. Our society has made it this way for them. Where we would have gotten a good whack and sent on our way, they are sent to homes for troubled teens. Until our society takes back responsibility and control of our youth sadly it may only become worse! Thanks for your post and keep on posting! Stop over at our blog and check it out. http//…Have a great day and God Bless!