My, How Times Have Changed…
By Lee Hemen
February 23, 2009
Jack goes duck hunting before school and then pulls into the high school parking lot with his shotgun in his gun rack. Has several fine looking ducks in the back of his pickup.
1959 – The vice principal comes over, looks at Jack’s shotgun, and the ducks Jack killed, goes to his car and gets his own shotgun to show Jack. They decide to go duck hunting together the following weekend.
2009 – Two girls see the dead ducks, freak out, begin crying uncontrollably, and run into the school. The vice principal runs to the parking lot after the traumatized girls tell him the sordid story, sees the dead ducks and the shotgun, runs back into the school and puts the school into immediate lock-down. The SWAT team shows up, grabs Jack out of class, and the local FBI is called in with bomb-sniffing dogs. Jack is hauled off to jail after his gun and shotgun are confiscated. They go to Jack’s house and his parent’s hunting rifles are confiscated and they are taken in for questioning. Counselors are called in for traumatized students and teachers. The parents must attend sensitivity training. Jack is sentenced to three years probation and is not allowed to come back to his high school for graduation. Neighbors tell the local TV station that is camped out in front of Jack’s house that, “They were such nice people.”
Jeffrey won’t be still in class and disrupts other students.
1959 – Jeffrey is sent to the office and is given a good paddling by the principal. A note is sent home whereby his parents tell Jeffery that if he is disruptive again he will be punished at home as well. He returns to class, apologizes to the teacher and the class, sits still, and does not disrupt the class again.
2009 – Jeffrey is tested for ADD, is then given increasing doses of Ritalin. The rest of the classes at Jeffery’s school are taught that everyone is “accepted” and are given a sticker that reads: “My Child Is An Honored Student.” The school gets extra money from the State because Jeffrey has a disability and he is “special.” He then is put into a special education class where he learns to hit the teacher and teaching assistants. When he feels threatened or is a “danger to himself or others,” he is sent to a “time out” room to be alone. He becomes a zombie and is antisocial for the rest of his life. He ends up in the State Prison, hears voices for the rest of his life, and wears tinfoil.
Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car.
1959 – Billy’s father gives him a spanking. He is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college, and becomes a successful businessman.
2009 – Billy’s dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care in differing homes and eventually joins a gang. The state psychologist tells Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mom breaks down and confesses that her husband once told her that she could not buy something and was therefore verbally abusive to her as well, she then has an affair with the psychologist. The rest of the class is given sensitivity training on how to speak softly and to compromise with the children that most have had out of wedlock.
Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Mary. Mary hugs him to comfort him.
1959 – In a short time, Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2009 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in state prison. Johnny undergoes five years of therapy. The school makes all of the teachers attend sensitivity training. The school district brings in experts to counsel the children to turn in anyone that even remotely seems compassionate, and trains them to run away from people they do not know, yelling, “Stranger danger!”
Sex education is taught in segregated boy’s and girl’s gym classes.
1959 – A note is sent home with Johnny stating that a film will be shown in gym class that teaches abstinence in sexual relations is important until marriage and that marriage and family are the most important roles in society. That marriage is between one man and one women for life. If you do not want your child to attend, you can have them opted out of the film and class for the day.
2009 – Condoms and the phone numbers of the local Planned Parenthood are handed out in sex class and the teacher then demonstrates how to put them on by using a cucumber. Each student is told they will have sex anyway and so this is the best way to be “safe.” Those who might be interested in same sex relations are encouraged to share with the rest of the class their “love” for one another and that it is okay to experiment sexually. That we are all “family.” The teacher is caught having an affair with Johnny and she runs off with him to Reno. The parents objected to the school about the class and are accused of being homophobic and must attend sensitivity classes. The teacher is now pregnant.
History class teaches history to Bobby.
1959 – Bobby is taught how wonderful the United States is and that it was founded on the Constitution whereby all people can enjoy life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. That hard work, sacrifice, free enterprise is all it takes to be successful in this great nation. That freedoms can be taken by the government if we are not diligent.
2009 – Bobby is told he is the reason so many people are “oppressed” in this slave state. That it was white Westerners like the slaver Columbus that killed, raped, and pillaged the free-spirited nature-loving native peoples. He must therefore give up his personal freedoms in order to make amends for his ancestors crimes. He is taught how to liberate himself from his past by embracing the “village” of today through drum beating. That the needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few. He learns to plant a tree, collect rain water, recycle toilet paper, and how the capitalistic industrial complex is ruining America. His father, who owns his own business, is seen as “the man.” Bobby gains acceptance when he organizes a rally outside of his father’s business to protest him not giving full health care to part-time employees. The class is taught sensitivity and diversity to all other cultures but their own narrow-minded “Anglo” one.
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