A few examples to show the difference between the 1957 and the 2007 American society:
Scenario #1: Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
1957 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up buddies.
2007 – Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Markâ€¦ Charge them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.
Scenario #2: Jeffrey wonâ€™t be still in class, disrupts other students.
1957 – Jeffrey sent to office and given a good paddling by the Principalâ€¦ Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.
2007 – Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalinâ€¦ Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADHD. School gets extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.
Scenario #3: Billy breaks a window in his neighborâ€™s car 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 – Billyâ€™s dad is arrested for child abuseâ€¦ Billy removed to foster care and joins a gangâ€¦ State psychologist tells Billyâ€™s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prisonâ€¦ Billyâ€™s Mom has affair with psychologist.
Scenario #4: Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1957 – Mark shares aspirin with Principal out on the smoking dock.
2007 – Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violationsâ€¦ Car searched for drugs and weapons.
Scenario #5: Pedro fails high school English.
1957 – Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.
2007 – Pedroâ€™s cause is taken up by state. Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and Pedroâ€™s English teacherâ€¦ English banned from core curriculumâ€¦ Pedro given diploma anywayâ€¦ but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English.
Scenario #6: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from 4th of July, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.
1957 – Ants die.
2007 – ATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from homeâ€¦ computers confiscated. Johnnyâ€™s Dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.
Scenario #7: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He is found crying by his teacher, Maryâ€¦ 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 State Prisonâ€¦ Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.