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Friday, January 11. 2008
Raising Kids - Then and Now
This oldie came in over the transom:
Scenario 1: Jack goes quail hunting before school, pulls into school parking lot with shotgun in gun rack.
1967 - Vice principal comes over, looks at Jack's shotgun, goes to his car and gets his own shotgun to show Jack.
1967 - Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
1967 - Jeffrey is sent to the principal's office and given a good paddling. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
1967 - Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
1967 - Mark shares Aspirin with the school principal out on the smoking dock.
1967 - Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.
1967 - Ants die.
1967 - Johnny soon feels better and goes back to playing.
Editor comment: re Scenario 6 - What's wrong with mowing lawns? It's good, clean honest labor, in my opinion. And the result is more measurable than most. Our modern world is too disparaging of real work. Useful effort is ennobling of any man or woman.
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Photo in my high school yearbook, 1959, Hillside NJ, the rifle club.
Gotta get the people in line! That's what the coercive power of the state has developed into. It's not so much about protecting lives and property anymore, it's about control. The individual circumstance is meaningless. Get them accustomed to the police power being used and do it early. It won't seem so oppressive when they're working and they have stuff to tax.
Thanks for this, I'd never seen it. Death to nanny-statism!
Back in 1967 no one ever dreamed a kid would come to school with a gun to kill teachers and students. That is no longer the case.
Uh, just so happens I graduated high school in K.C. in '67. Just so happens Crazy Mary brought a shotgun to school and proceeded to shoot up the place, hitting my friends Vincent and Tyrone in their asses.
Just out of curiosity, what was the name of the high school and what was this "Crazy Mary's" actual name?
Back in 1967, the unpopular kids had ever legal right to fight back against bullies. In 2008, the unpopular kids get suspended for fighting, even if "fighting" for them constitutes punching a bully who has them pinned to the ground and is repeatedly punching them in the face.
Kids are killing people in schools today because they can't use their fists to resolve conflicts. It's a matter of pent up anger.
You need to do a little research. Read blackboard Jungle (1953) by Evan Hunter or see the movie starring the late Glenn Ford (1955). Reading of Jesse Stuart's writings about teaching in Kentucky would help to.
You might not sound so ignorant.
Just shows again that there is alwas room for crankiness. I expected better from the bragging at the head of Maggie's Farm. The choices of music and poetry show taste, but the political and social observation is barroom quality at best.
Music and poetry and drink recipes, as with politics and social observation, have their places in your 'barroom'. Lighten up, have a drink.
"Editor comment: re Scenario 6"
There's nothing wrong with mowing lawns, until the nanny state decides said mower of lawns must be paid a wage that allows him to afford a mortgage, car payment, wife and family, big screen TV and cell phone.
There was a rifle club in my high school. They still exist. We saw a whole high school rifle team last Saturday at the Pennsylvania Farm Show -- they were all wearing their team windbreakers.
This post at Maggie's Farm comparing "then and now" regarding public schools really is scary if you've been paying attention to what's been going on with stupid local government actions. Goes pretty well with my previous post about the need...
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