Friday, July 11, 2014

Which High School Would You Rather Attend - Then or Now?

We all need a good laugh.  Sometimes the things we laugh the hardest about are actually very sad.  Recently I have read a few posts recalling childhood memories, such as the one I did here. 
When I read the following differences between what high school was like in 1957 versus what it is like today, I had to laugh and cry at the same time.  I know many of you will relate and if you have any similar stories to share, I would love to here them.

@BatteredHope  High school then and now

HIGH SCHOOL    1957 vs. 2013
Jack goes quail hunting before school and then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack.  
1957:  The Vice Principal comes over to Jack's truck, looks at his shotgun and then goes to his truck and shows Jack his shotgun.
2013:  School goes into lock down, FBI is called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or his gun again.  Counselors are called in for traumatized students and teachers.
Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.  
1957:  Crowd gathers, Mark wins, Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2013:  Police called and SWAT team arrives.  They arrest both Johnny and Mark and are both charged with assault and both expelled - even though Johnny started it.
Jeffrey will not sit still in class and this disrupts other students.
1957: Jeffrey is sent to the Principal's office and given a good paddling by the Principal.  He then returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2013:  Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin.  He becomes a zombie and is then tested for ADD.  The family gets extra money (SSI) from the government because Jeffrey has a disability.
@BatteredHope Which high school would you rather go to
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.
1957:  Billy apologizes to the neighbor and does odd jobs like cutting the lawn to pay for the damage.  Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman.  
2013: Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse and Billy is moved to foster care and joins a gang.  The state psychologist is told by Billy's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison.  Billy's mom has an affair with the psychologist.
Mark has a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1957:  Mark shares his aspirin with a friend who also has a headache.
2013:  The police are called and Mark is expelled from school for drug violations.  His car is then searched for drugs and weapons.
Pedro fails high school English.
1957:  Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college.
2013:  Pedro's cause is taken up by the state.  Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist.  ACLU files a class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro's English teacher.  English is then banned from core curriculum.  Pedro is given his diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.
Johnny takes apart some leftover firecrackers from the Fourth of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle and blows up a red ant bed.
1957: Ants die
2013:  ATF, Homeland Security and the FBI are all called.  Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism.  The FBI investigates his parents and all siblings are removed from their home.  All computers are confiscated.  Johnny's dad is placed 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, Mary.  Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1957:  In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing
2013:  Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job.  She faces three years in State Prison and Johnny undergoes five years of therapy.
I realize that some of these scenarios are a bit extreme but not so far from the truth. None of these were meant to offend anyone and they are not necessarily my views. I realize that some of these are a bit of a stretch....... but there is also a lot of truth as to how we, as a society, have changed.  Many parents live in fear and extend that fear onto their children.  What is it going to be like for the next generation? If you have something to share, whether you agree or disagree, let's hear it.  Five of these scenarios I have actually seen played out.  

Scenarios courtesy of:  Anonymous 
Photos courtesy of: and

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