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what a difference 30 years can make

Jack pulls into school parking lot with rifle in gun rack.

1973 - Vice Principal comes over, takes a look at Jack's rifle, goes to his
car and gets his to show Jack.

2006 - School goes into lockdown, 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 fist fight after school.

1973 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best
friends Nobody goes to jail, nobody arrested, nobody expelled.

2006 - 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.

1973 - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by Principal. Sits
still in class.

2006 - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. School gets
extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.


Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his father's car and his Dad gives him a

1973 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college,
and becomes a successful businessman.

2006 - Billy's Dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care
and joins a gang. Billy's sister is told by state psychologist 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 headache medicine to


1973 - Mark shares headache medicine with Principal out on the smoking dock.

2006 - Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car
searched for drugs and weapons.


Scenario: Mary turns up pregnant.

1973 - 5 High School Boys leave town. Mary does her senior year at a special
school for expectant mothers.

2006 - Middle School Counselor calls Planned Parenthood, who notifies the
ACLU. Mary is driven to the next state over and gets an abortion without her
parent's consent or knowledge. Mary given condoms and told to be more
careful next time.


Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.

1973: Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.

2006: Pedro's cause is taken up by state democratic party. 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 can't speak English.


Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the 4th of July,
puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.

1973 - Ants die.

2006 - 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.

1973 - In a short time Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2006 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She
faces 3 years in State Prison


( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
Nov. 28th, 2006 01:05 am (UTC)
Dare I hope you're being sardonic? I'm not sure a world in which children were beaten, bullying was tolerated and children with ADHD went without meds and ESL children could not receive extra help learning English was truly such a paradise...maybe it's just me.
Nov. 28th, 2006 01:15 am (UTC)
some sad
some extremes
some not

just some changes of the time.

the last one really hit me....at work insurance discouraged hugging or even touching a child. tell me that one isn't just pitiful.

and i do think kids are sometimes too quickly diagnosed with ADD and given meds.
Nov. 28th, 2006 01:23 am (UTC)
Well, I agree that not being able to give hugs is ridiculous. It's worse for me as a man-in certain settings I've had to leave the door open while working with female clients to protect myself against allegations of sexual misconduct.

As for children being given meds too frequently-sure. Blame the uninvolved and inconsistent parents, or the overcrowding in the schools if you like, but remember that plenty of children were also given beatings too frequently. And consider for a moment a child who really does have adhd being beaten on a daily basis because he can't sit still. I've worked with a lot of principals in my time-most of them I wouldn't trust with anything more dangerous than string. I certainly wouldn't trust them with the discretionary power to mete out violence to children.
Nov. 28th, 2006 01:33 am (UTC)
my son was diagnosed with ADHD when he was nine. it was real. i was a young, single mother. i thought all boys bounced off the walls and ran their mother's ragged (we had only girls in my family). i felt terribly guilty for all the times i had scolded him over little things (i NEVER hit him....don't believe in that). he had been in gifted classes, but the schools said he had to be 1) on meds and 2) in special "ADD classes". i took him out of school and homeschooled him. if he wanted to bounce off the walls between lessons he could. if he wanted to chat and squirm and roll a pencil around he could, without detention, demerits or discouragement. we didn't use meds, but we did work with it and not against it. he is now a junior in college with a 4.0....
i don't trust the schools either. i went to catholic school and i am just old enough to recall rulers and paddles.
but then again, i liked it ;)
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