How was it done in 1957 & now?

imageDo things really change or is it the way we see it? 


To  those who knew how things were in 1957 it may have seemed that the  life was simple but it was not always easy. But considering it now maybe then it was a much better deal. 

I wonder if it is possible to get that back and still keep the best of both worlds. Should we  try to and if so how? 

“Work Hard Play Hard” was our school motto at East Ivanhoe Primary School in Melbourne Australia. It still looks the same to me now as it did in 1957 when I was in Grade 4 there. So what has really changed? 

Many of you may have seen this study or something similar. It is a lighthearted look at how the very same scenario is managed in two very different eras. 

Now read on and enjoy !!! 

Scenario 1: Jack goes rabbit shooting before school and pulls into school parking lot with rifle in gun rack.

1957 – Vice Principal comes over, looks at Jack’s rifle,  goes to his car and gets his rifle & chats with Jack about guns. 2007 – School goes into lock down, Star Force called, Jack hauled off to jail and never sees his Ute or gun again.. Counsellors called in for traumatized students and teachers.

Scenario 2 : Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.

1957 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins.  Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies. 2007 – Police called arrests Johnny and Mark.   Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it. Both children go to anger management programs for 3 months. School board hold meeting to implement bullying prevention programs.

Scenario 3: Robbie won’t be still in class disrupts other students.

1957 – Robbie sent to office and given 6 of the best by the Principal.  Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again. 2007 – Robbie given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD. Robbie’s parents get fortnightly disability payments and School gets extra funding from state because Robbie has a disability.

Scenario 4: Billy breaks a neighbor’s car window and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt.

1957 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman. 2007 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care and joins a gang. State psychologist tells Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison.

Scenario 5: Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.

1957 – Mark gets glass of water from Principal to take aspirin with. 2007 – Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario 6:  Pedro fails high school English.

1957 – Pedro goes to summer school, passes English and goes to college. 2007 – Pedro’s cause is taken up by state.  Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching. English as a requirement for graduation is racist. Parents file class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedro’s English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.

Scenario 7: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a bull ant nest.

1957 – Ants die. 2007- Star Force, Federal Police & Anti-terrorism Squad called.    Johnny charged with  domestic terrorism, Feds investigate parents, siblings removed from home, computers confiscated.  Johnny’s Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario 8: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary.  Mary hugs him to comfort him.

1957 – In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing. 2007 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in prison.  Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

I noted when I look at my old primary school web site that has a theme now of  “Fun, Caring, Learning, Cooperation, Fairness, Respect”. and a motto “Care Excellence and Justice”  

It is interesting  that it seemed those values were a given once and did not even have to be stated. 

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3 thoughts on “How was it done in 1957 & now?

  1. @SSouth

    I recall as a youth being out with some mates late at night just wandering around about 11pm at night. We were just adventuring and actually quite innocent of the idea or threat that we may appear as youths with intent to do harm.

    But when the police drove by and stopped wanting to know what we were doing we of course had no real answer and I guess acted a little guilty. But after being questioned for a few minutes we understood the risk of being accused of doing harmful activity very well.

    After being threatened with a call to our parents, that was enough to sort us out from staying around to get into mischief. We scuttled home never to do such a thing again. Simple and effective, yes. I am not sure what would happen now?

  2. [via Linkedin]

    Yes, actually it’s both, but we only know how we see things. It’s almost as if we participate in some Gibsonian shared hallucination. Then a paradigm shift occurs and we look at things differently. And because they look different, they become different.

    Tim Bosworth
    Mentor at Baiada Center, Drexel University & Counselor and Referral Realtor at Coldwell Banker Realty Corps
    Greater Philadelphia Area


  3. I read this and was amazed at the differences. I vote for the way things used to be handled, in most cases. Much simpler, more direct, and certainly more effective.

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