Playing School in 2013. Playing School in the 1980’s. As a Parent, should I be happy or sad?

Some kids who may or may not belong to me were playing school at home this morning. I heard this;

“What’s 6 + 6″?

I heard this; “What is 16 X 32? Kidding.  What is 2 + 2?  What, you said, 4?  FANTASTIC!  How did you ever get that answer!!”

But when I really listened I heard this;

“Time for the lockdown drill. Remember to get down on the floor as low as you can and hide. Stay very quiet.”

I’m not sure if I should be happy that they are prepared for the worst-case scenario, or sad that this is what they have to do in order to stay safe in school…

Granted, we did these types of drills in the 80’s should there be a nuclear attack…

That was sad too.

Can’t we all just get along!

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2 responses

  1. When I was a kid, they taught us to get under our desks when the atomic bomb hit. Pretty much the same thing I think.

  2. Thank you Gerry,

    You make a good point. We’ve all had times in our schooling careers where we worried for our safety and on a greater scale feared that the world would end. Wouldn’t it be incredible if one day there were no worries… Yeah, I’m dreaming.

    I remember reading George Orwell’s 1984 in class and being freaked out and scared to near death.

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