SCHOOL – 1957 vs. 2010: How stupid we have become?


Scenario:
Johnny and Mark get into a fistfight after school.
1957
Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends.
2010 –
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 programmes

Scenario:
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.
2010 –
Robbie given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADHD. Robbie’s parents get fortnightly disability payments and School gets extra funding from government because Robbie has a disability.

Scenario :
Billy breaks a window in his neighbour’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.
2010 –
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 :
Mark gets a headache and takes some aspirin to school.
1957 –
Mark gets glass of water from Principal to take aspirin with.
2010 –
Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car searched for drugs and weapons.

Scenario :
Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from Guy Fawkes, puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a bull ant nest.
1957 –
Ants die.
2010-
Police & Anti-Terrorism Squad called. Johnny charged with domestic terrorism,  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 :
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.
2010 –
Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces 3 years in Prison. Johnny undergoes 5 years of therapy.

What is a “paraprosdokian”?


A paraprosdokian (from the Greek meaning ‘beyond expectation’) is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part.

1.   I asked God for a bike, but I know God doesn’t work that way. So I stole a bike and asked for forgiveness.

2.   Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience

3.   The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it’s still on my list.

4.   Light travels faster than sound. This is why some people appear bright until you hear them speak.

5.   If I agreed with you, we’d both be wrong. Read more of this post