Schools – 1950 vs 2020s. By Anon.
Scenario 1: Johnny and Mark get into a fight after school
1950s – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends.
2020s – Police called, and they arrest Johnny and Mark and charge them with assault. Both expelled, even though Johnny started it. Both children go to anger management programs for three months. School governors hold meeting to implement bullying prevention programs.
Scenario 2: Robbie won’t be still in class, disrupts other students
1950s – Robbie sent to headmaster and given six of the best. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2020s – Robbie given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADHD – result deemed to be positive. Robbie’s parents get fortnightly disability payments and school gets extra funding from government because Robbie has a disability.
Scenario 3: Billy breaks a window in a neighbor’s car and his Dad gives him a good hiding
1950s – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2020s – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care; joins a gang; ends up in jail.
Scenario 4: Mark gets a headache and takes some Aspirin to school
1950s – Mark gets glass of water from Principal to take aspirin with, passes exams and becomes a solicitor
2020s – Police called, car searched for drugs and weapons. Mark expelled from school for drug taking. Ends up as a drop out.
Scenario 5: Johnny takes apart leftover fireworks from Guy Fawkes night, puts them in a paint tin & blows up a wasp’s nest
1950s – Wasps die
2020s – Police and Anti-Terrorism Squad called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, investigate parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated. Johnny’s Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly in an aeroplane again.
Scenario 6: Johnny falls over while playing football during morning break and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. She hugs him to comfort him.
1950s – In a couple of minutes, Johnny feels better and goes on playing football. No damage done.
2020s – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in prison. Johnny undergoes five years of therapy and ends up gay.
All too plausible.
hat-tip Stephen Harper