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School Attitudes 1977 vs. School 2007

Scenario 1: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.  

1977 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and  Mark shake hands and end up mates.2007 – Police are called, Armed  Response Unit arrives and arrests Johnny and Mark. Mobiles phones with  evidence of fight are confiscated. Both are charged with assault, ASBOs are  taken out and suspended even though Johnny started it. Diversionary  conferences and parent meetings conducted. Mobile phone video shown on 6  internet sites.

2: Jeffrey won’t sit still in class, disrupts other  students.
1977 – Jeffrey is sent to the principal’s  office and given 6 of the best. Returns to class, sits still and never  disrupts the class again.2007 – Jeffrey is given huge doses of  Ritalin. Counselled to death. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADHD. School gets  extra funding because Jeffrey has a disability. Jeffrey drops out of  school.  

3: Billy breaks a window in his neighbour’s car and his Dad  gives him the slipper.

1977 – Billy is more careful  next time, grows up normally, goes to college, and becomes a successful  businessman.

2007 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is  removed to foster care and joins a gang.  Psychologist convinces 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: Mark brings cigarettes to  school

1977 – Mark shares a smoke with  the school principal out on the smoking area.

2007 – Police are called and Mark  is expelled from School for drug possession. His car is searched for drugs and  weapons.

Scenario: Mohammed fails GCSE English.  

1977 – Mohammed retakes his exam, passes and  goes to college.2007 – Mohammed’s cause is taken up by local human  rights group. Newspaper articles appear nationally, insisting that making  English a requirement in school is racist. Civil Liberties Association files  class action lawsuit against state school system and his English teacher.  English is banned from core curriculum. Mohammed is given his qualification  anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.  

Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover  firecrackers, puts them in a model plane paint bottle and blows up an anthill.  

1977 – Ants die.

2007 –  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 with American airlines ever again.

Scenario:  Johnny falls during playtime and scrapes his knee. His teacher, Mary, finds  him crying, and gives him a hug to comfort him. 

1977 – Johnny soon  feels better and goes back to playing.2007 – Mary is accused of being  a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in  prison.  Johnny undergoes five years of therapy; becomes gay.


6 Responses

  1. I get the point you’re making, but you’re taking the best examples from the ‘old days’ and the worst from the here and now. There are plenty of kids (me included) for whom the ‘soft’ system worked fine, and plenty of examples of abuses of the ‘hard’ one (my dad’s boarding school, for example). There are massive problems with this system, and far too many kids fall through the cracks, but it’s not a total disaster. It’s just that the disasters are the ones you hear about.

  2. WEB: Are you getting just a tad cynical now? Come, come.

  3. WEB you make a very good point I think!
    After all there would be little point in picking the bad things from the past and good things from now to make the point.
    I believe the point you want to make is that things are shite now! Kids grow up with little or no respect for anyone or anything. The underclass get all the attention and resources available, while decent folk pay through the nose with stealth taxes and alike.

  4. The good thing about choosing the best, from the past or present, it matters not, is the ability to view through hindsight glasses. These are wonderful with the benefit of……….hindsight.

  5. 20/20 I see.

  6. Madmax, I’m currently in the process of compiling a book of true police stories and would, with your permission, like to include this one (anonymously).

    The book covers a wide range of subjects but it is being put together with the express intention of providing a snapshot of modern policing – no comments from me, just what you see is what you get.

    Let me know if you’re interested, more info on my blog.


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