Friday Funnies: School in 1950 v 2018

Laugh out loud at these playground comparisons almost 70 years apart!

Friday Funnies: 1950 v 2018

Three scenarios: 1950s v 2018

Johnny and Mark get into a fight after school. 
It’s the 1950s. A crowd gathers. Mark wins. Johnny and Mark shake hands and end up best friends. 
It’s 2018. Police are called, and they arrest Johnny and Mark and charge them with assault.

Both boys are expelled, even though Johnny started it. Both children go to anger management programmes for three months. School governors hold meetings to implement bullying prevention programmes. 


Robbie refuses to be still in class, and constantly disrupts other students. 
It’s the 1950s. Robbie is sent to the office and given six of the best by the Principal.
Robbie returns to class, sits still and does not disrupt class again. 
It’s 2018. Robbie is given huge doses of Ritalin. He becomes a zombie. He’s tested for ADHD, and the result is positive. 

Robbie's parents get fortnightly disability payments and the school gets extra funding from the government because Robbie has a disability. 


Billy breaks the window of his neighbour's car and his Dad gives him a whipping with his belt. 
It’s the 1950s. Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college and becomes a successful businessman. 
It’s 2018. Billy's dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy is removed to foster care, joins a gang and ends up in jail. 




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    16th Mar 2018
    This is not funny. Sadly it is true.
    16th Mar 2018
    Nothing new...just watch the news. Sadly, this is the world today!
    16th Mar 2018
    What a sad view of the world! Speaking for my family we weren't controlled with punishments like this suggested in the 1950s. Children had more respect for their seniors, a few children did cause concern, but when looked into, their home life wasn't the greatest. Not mentioned here, but with focus on the cost of child care so that mothers can work, no-one mentions the cost to children's lives. If you want good child care be prepared to pay for it or stay at home and love and nourish your children yourself!
    16th Mar 2018
    If you went to school in Australia during the 1950s and 60s corporal punishment was the order of the day. If you played up at home, you were punished. Maybe not the strap, but certainly a slap. I don’t think kids are better or worse today, but I do think that they are pandered to, given lots of choices, and not taught resilience. Nothing to do with child care.
    Polly Esther
    16th Mar 2018
    Funny? not at all. Pretty much what is happening these days. Funny, no. Sad, yes.
    16th Mar 2018
    I Agee. i got more than a couple of sessions with the strap , all deserved. It taught me bad behaviour has consequences. A lesson well worth learning, in some ways it gave me comfort to know the world was predictable and I knew my boundaries unlike the poor kids of today that are not taught discipline only confusion. Everyone especially children are happier when their world is predicable.
    16th Mar 2018
    Believe you should apologise to all your readers that you headed this as "funny"
    It seems to me that your morals are slipping very badly and today's situations are acceptable.
    Shame on you!
    16th Mar 2018
    Sadly this is far from funny. These days children are protected from 'hurting themselves' so widely that they cannot expend their energy and so must be drugged in order to sit still in class. No longer can they run during playtime/recesses "because they might fall over and graze their knee"; they can't climb anything "because they might fall and break an arm or leg" etc etc it seems all a child is permitted to do during recess is to sit and oh yes, eat! Then when that child is unable to sit still in class, he/she is diagnosed as ADHD and drugged to enable him/her to sit still but unfortunately often unable to process what is being taught. Nobody died from having a skinned knee or elbow, or from a broken bone (often the cast was a huge attraction making the wearer into something of a demi god as how it happened was related far and wide).
    16th Mar 2018
    This is the truth not a joke. Welcome to a bright new future.
    18th Mar 2018
    Don't be so stuffy all of you. Yes it is true unfortunately for the poor kids of today, but it did make me laugh! Kids DO need boundaries and are much happier with them and the other benefit from the punishment and management of those boundaries we had as kids, was respect... which is the key factor missing today.....if your respect someone, you don't put them down, you don't bully them, you don't steal their stuff, you don't take over someone else's space/party or whatever, you don't misbehave in public - you keep your antics to your own home or back yard etc etc....
    16th Jul 2018
    Sadly this is more truth than humorous. I'm not advocating for corporal punishment though it certainly had a place if in a loving family or by a strict but fair school teacher but because too often it was metered out indiscriminately by adults who were taking out their own life frustrations on their children. Marriage breakups are largely at fault especially when spouses put heir own needs first at the expense of their children's. I could go on but I'll stop there.

    21st Jun 2019
    It is difficult to make such comparisons that you want to make. After all, now the time is completely different from what it was before. I think everyone will be able to get more in 2018 if they read there is access to the Internet and this allows us to always be active and read different blogs for example 6-tips-to-write-an-a-essay-about-yourself.

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