Saturday, December 4, 2010

True Differences in discipline

Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1960 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends. Nobody goes to jail, nobody arrested, nobody expelled.

2006 - Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.

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Scenario: Jeffrey won't be still in class, disrupts other students.

1960 - Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by Principal. Sits still in class.

2006 - Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. School gets extra money because Jeffrey has a disability.

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Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his father's car and his Dad gives him a whipping.

1960 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.

2006 - Billy's Dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. Billy's sister is told by psychologist that she remembers being abused herself and their Dad goes to prison. Billy's mom has affair with psychologist.

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Scenario: Mary turns up pregnant.

1960 - 5 High School Boys leave town. Mary does her Grade 12 year at a special school for expectant mothers.

2006 - School Counsellor calls Planned Parenthood. Mary is driven to the next province and gets an abortion without her parents' consent or knowledge. Mary given condoms and told to be more careful next time.

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Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from Halloween, puts them in a bottle, blows up a red ant hill.

1960- Ants die.

2006 - Fire Department and RCMP called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, Provincial Government investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated, Johnny's Dad goes on a terror watch list.

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Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary, hugs him to comfort him

1960 - In a short time Johnny feels better and goes on playing.

2006 - Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in prison.

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