School – 1960 vs 2007

Scenario: Johnnyand Mark get into a fistfight after school.

1960 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shakehands and end up mates.

2007 – Police are called, Armed Response Unitarrives and arrests Johnny and Mark.  Mobiles with video of fightconfiscated as evidence. They are charged with assault, SBOs are taken out andboth are suspended even though Johnny started it. Diversionary conferences andparent meetings conducted. Video shown on 6 internet sites.

Scenario: Jeffreywon't sit still in class, disrupts other students.

1960 – Jeffrey is sent to the principal's office andgiven 6 of the best. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt classagain.

2007 – Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin.Counselled to death. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. School gets extrafunding because Jeffrey has a disability. Drops out of school.

Scenario: Billy breaksa window in his neighbour's car and his Dad gives him the slipper.

1960 – Billy is more careful next time, grows upnormal, 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 tellsBilly's sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goesto  prison. Billy's mum has an affair with the psychologist. Psychologistgets a promotion. 

Scenario: Mark, acollege student, brings cigarettes to school.

1960 – Mark shares a smoke with the school principalout on the smoking area.

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

Scenario: Mohammedfails high school English.

1960 – Mohammed retakes his exam, passes and goes tocollege.

2007 – Mohammed's cause is taken up by local humanrights group. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that makingEnglish a requirement for graduation is racist. Civil Liberties Associationfiles class action lawsuit against state school system and his English teacher.English is banned from core curriculum. Mohammed is given his qualificationanyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario: Johnny takesapart leftover firecrackers, puts them in a model plane paint bottle and blowsup an anthill.

1960 – Ants die.

2007 – MI5 and police are called and Johnny is chargedwith perpetrating acts of terrorism. Teams investigate parents, siblings areremoved from the home, computers are confiscated, and Johnny's dad goes on aterror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario: Johnny fallsduring break and scrapes his knee. His teacher, Mary, finds him crying, andgives him a hug to comfort him.

1960 – Johnny soon feels better and goes back toplaying.

2007 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator andloses her job. She faces three years in prison. Johnny undergoes five years oftherapy. Becomes gay.

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