proud to be a child of the seventies…

Those were the days…

School in 1970s  vs. School in 2000s
Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fight after school.
1974 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best mates.

2009 – Police are called; Armed Response Unit arrives and arrest Johnny and Mark. Mobiles with video of fight confiscated as evidence. They are charged with assault, ASBO’s are taken out and both are suspended even though Johnny started it. Diversionary conferences and parent meetings conducted. Video shown on YouTube.

Scenario: Jeffrey won’t sit still in class, disrupts other students.

1974 – Jeffrey is sent to the principal’s office and given 6 of the best. Returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again.

2009 – Jeffrey is given huge doses of Ritalin.  Counseled to death.  Becomes a zombie. Tested for ADD…… School gets extra funding because Jeffrey has a disability.  Drops out of school.

Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his neighbor’s car and his Dad gives him the slipper.

1974 – Billy 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 and joins a gang. Psychologist tells Billy’s sister that she remembers being abused herself and their dad goes to prison. Billy’s mum has an affair with the psychologist. Psychologist gets a promotion.

Scenario: Mohamed fails high school English.

1974 – Mohamed retakes his exam, passes and goes to college..

2009 – Mohamed’s cause is taken up by local human rights group…… Newspaper articles appear nationally explaining that making English a requirement for graduation is racist.. Civil Liberties Association files class action lawsuit against state school system and his English teacher. English is banned from core curriculum. Mohamed is given his qualification anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he cannot speak English..

Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers, puts them in a model plane and blows up an anthill.

1974 – Ants die.

2009 – MI5 and police are called and Johnny is charged with perpetrating acts of terrorism. Teams investigate parents, siblings are removed from the home, computers are confiscated, and Johnny’s dad goes on a terror watch list and is never allowed to fly again.

Scenario: Mark falls during break and scrapes his knee. His teacher, Mary, finds him crying, and gives him a hug to comfort him.

1974 – Mark soon feels better and goes back to playing.

2009 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator and loses her job. She faces three years in prison. Mark undergoes five years of therapy. Becomes gay.

YES proud to be a KID in the seventies (thanks to my sister for passing this gem along)

nice teeth right? HAHA



  1. Janet Hale
    Posted November 25, 2009 at 5:44 pm | Permalink

    I too am a child of the 70’s, graduating HS in 79′. You might have heard of my HS recently as it made headline news telling about the viscious “gang rape” of a 16yr old girl. People stood around watching it happen and did nothing. Sure wasn’t like that back in my day. The HS is Richmond High in Richmond, CA.
    I still live in the area but days like that I wished I didn’t.

    Thank you sister for the great post, I am going to pass it around.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted November 25, 2009 at 5:56 pm | Permalink

      actually I hadn’t seen that headline, but I am so horrified by what you have said, I cannot believe this is the society we live in. Every one of those people should be held accountable.

      • Janet Hale
        Posted November 25, 2009 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

        The news reported that as many as 10 participated and 20 or so watched. It was finally reported by a neighbor nearby. This happened outside on the school grounds in a darkened place, while inside there was a school dance going on.
        They arrested 7 but I believe only 5 are still detained. The investigation is still going on. The victim was hospitalized for several days and has since been released. One can only imagine the therapy she will have to go through.

    • Rowland
      Posted November 27, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Permalink

      who the heck is mohamed? Pedro maybe …

  2. thecatskillkiwi
    Posted November 25, 2009 at 6:23 pm | Permalink

    I cannot believe those people, what is wrong with them????

  3. Posted November 25, 2009 at 7:31 pm | Permalink

    oh so true and check out your jumper… niiiiice one girl

    • thecatskillkiwi
      Posted November 27, 2009 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

      I remember this was my favorite top!

  4. Bonnie
    Posted November 25, 2009 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    Great post Toni!!! Love the photo!

  5. Jill
    Posted November 29, 2009 at 8:27 pm | Permalink

    God what a laugh! I also love that photo, and especailly the top…so very Pucci!!! XX

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