The email takes advantage of the notion that you won't understand or know how far society has changed in those years.
Originally posted by NthOther
I was sent this email this morning. So true, and a sad reminder of how ridiculous our society has become:
Jack goes quail hunting before school, then pulls into the school parking lot with his shotgun in his truck's gun rack.
1958 - Vice principal approaches, looks at Jack's shotgun, then goes to his car and gets his shotgun to show Jack.
2011 - School goes into lockdown, the FBI is called, and Jack is hauled off to jail and never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors are called in
for traumatized students and teachers.
1958 -- That would be in the rural areas only. Not in the cities. Right after the war, there's no food stamps and no public welfare and many
families in rural areas go to bed hungry if someone doesn't hunt. Columbine is decades in the future. No one brings a gun to schools to hunt and
2011 -- and what purpose is there to bringing a gun to school when most families use food stamps for food and the only ones hunting or fishing tend to
do it for recreation? This is decades AFTER Columbine and guns inside school is a real issue. The possibility that the gun was there for hunting and
killing another student is real, and it's terrifying for young teenagers. Maybe not for you, but with kids it's different.
Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.
1958 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up being buddies.
2011 - Police called. SWAT team arrives and arrests both Johnny and Mark. They are both charged with assault and expelled, even though Johnny started
"Shake hands?" "End up being buddies?" Someone had been watching "Leave it to Beaver." In the real world, the bullying and fighting
continues. And in 1958, kids got expelled for that kind of activity in the schools I attended.
Jeffrey will not sit still in class, disrupting other students.
1958 - Jeffrey is sent to the principal's office and given a good paddling. He returns to class, sits still, and does not disrupt the class again.
2011 - Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin, turning him into a zombie. He is then tested for ADHD. The family gets money from the government
because Jeffrey has a disability.
1958, real world, Jeffrey drops out of school. The only reason he'd sit still after a paddling and be a "good boy" is if he had been acting up to
be "class clown." Those with ADHD issues got into fights, got punished, got into more trouble and then got sent to reform schools (prisons.)
Mark has a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1958 - Mark's teacher asks, "Anyone have any aspirin?". Mark is happy to share.
2011 - The police are called and Mark is expelled for violating the school's zero tolerance drug policy. His car is then searched for drugs and
You know, I don't see any stories that match the 2011 concept. I do see permission forms that say "my kid takes tylenol and it can be given to him
at school." There were problems with drugs in the schools in the 1950's (read VALLEY OF THE DOLLS -- the drug culture was there). Drugs are given
by nurses today to ensure that the kid is getting the right meds.
Pedro fails high school english.
1958 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes english, and goes to college.
2011 - Pedro's cause is taken up by the state. Newspaper articles appear nationally claiming that teaching english as a requirement for graduation is
racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against the state school system and Pedro's english teacher. English is then banned from the core cirriculum.
Pedro is given his diploma anyway, but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he can't speak english.
1958, Pedro doesn't get into school at all. This was the era of segregation. Pedro couldn't get into college. Most Blacks can't get into
colleges (except Black only college.) "No Dogs or Mexicans" signs were common ( en.wikipedia.org...
Lynchings were not unknown, and attempts to have an anti-lynching law were defeated.
2011 -- I teach kids that have little English (and this is in Texas, by the way.) By the time they're in 5th grade, they are bilingual. There are
kids who drop out and there are kids who have poor English skills. Some of them are Caucasian. Some are Black. Some are Hispanic. A few are Asian.
So my direct experience as someone who teaches is that they do indeed learn and (like kids everywhere) some are much better at it than others.
The lawn mowing guys are generally "green card" guys and not Spanish speaking native Texans.
Jimmy falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs Jimmy to comfort him.
1958 - In a short time, Jimmy feels better and goes on playing.
2011 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job, facing three years in state prison. Jimmy undergoes five years of intense
Not accused of being a sexual predator, but BEFORE becoming a teacher you are taught how to give appropriate hugs (from the side) and what is
appropriate touching. You do have to take classes AND have an intensive background checks. Sometimes it doesn't work.
The quote also failed to note the "Lolita" stories of the 1950's and 1960's and the issues there.
So... it's amusing, but don't take it for fact.