SCHOOL – 1950s versus 2018

The New Zealand Journal: April 2010 Auckland school children knocking back half a pint.

Scenario : 
Johnny and Rangi get into a fight after school.

The 1950s – Crowd gathers. Rangi wins. Johnny and Rangi shake hands and end up best friends.

2018 – The Police are called and they arrest Johnny and Rangi and charge them with assault.

Both are expelled even though Johnny started it.

Both children go to anger management programmes for three months.

The school board holds a meeting to implement bullying prevention programmes.

Teacher, cane and gown

Scenario :
Robbie won’t be still in class, disrupts other students.

The 1950s – Robbie is sent to the Principal’s office and given six of the best.

He returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt the class again.

2018 – Robbie is given huge doses of Ritalin, becomes a zombie and is tested for ADHD.

Robbie’s parents get fortnightly disability payments and the school gets extra funding from the government because Robbie has a disability.

Country Living Magazine:

Scenario :
Billy breaks a window in his neighbour’s car and his Dad spanks him.

The 1950s – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.

2018 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care, joins a gang and ends up in jail.


Bonfire Night in our collection –National Science and Media Museum blog
Boy carrying fireworks …

Scenario :
Johnny takes apart leftover fireworks from Guy Fawkes night, puts them in a paint tin and blows up a wasp’s nest.

The 1950s – Wasps die.

2018- The Police and the Anti-Terrorism Squad is called.

Johnny is charged with domestic terrorism, parents investigated, siblings removed from the home and computers confiscated.

Johnny’s Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly in an aeroplane again.

Huffington Post

Scenario :
Johnny falls over while playing rugby during morning break and scrapes his knee.

He is found crying by his teacher, Mary.  She hugs him to comfort him.

The 1950s – In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing rugby. No damage was done.

2018 – 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 transgender.


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