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Old School versus New School - A tale of what used to be against what is today

Updated on February 18, 2013

Old School.The term is used many times each day in a variety of ways, from sports to family, and from families to parenting. Are you Old School? Read along and see if you are one of us old fogey's who dream of a life gone away, of dreams which no longer can come true, of a far simpler way of living; of a time Gone With The Wind (sorry, couldn't help myself there). Where everyone thought of another before themselves. Or at least, that is one of the areas I consider to be Old School. anyway.

Old school - respecting your elders. That meant you waited to speak until you were addressed and brought into the conversation. Sometimes hours could pass before someone would turn to you and say "Well, what do you think boy?" Then, and only then, would you open your mouth and say something, and more often than not, you mimicked what the majority had said before you, because you in no way wanted to be left out to dry by yourself on some smart alecky answer, because that meant either being ostracized back to being unable to speak, or a smack upside your head. The jury is still out on which one hurt the worst.

New school - Who cares what your elders think? They're just some old farts who've outlived their purpose and have nothing you need to learn from them. Cut them off at the first opportunity and make them shut their useless trap. Get back to the old folks home Grandpa! We'll take it from here.

Old school - going steady. In the days of yore, a guy would ask a girl to go steady. That meant they dated each other exclusively, and they actually dated. That meant they went out on dates, to a movie, to get a pizza, down to the lake for the submarine races, The guy gave the girl his High School ring, or pinned her, or something like that.

New school - going out. Kids in as early as fourth or fifth grade are "going out" with someone. Now, they don't go anywhere; do anything; nothing. They don't even talk on the phone anymore, for crying out loud! They will carry on multiple conversations on line at once, never uttering an actual word to one another. For all I know, in one evening, they might go out, go steady, and break up without once actually being in the presence of one another.

Old school - hang out. Hanging out meant meeting a few of your friends somewhere to talk, brag, anything. Friends enjoyed one another, and it stayed that way until one or more of them discovered girls. This might be as early as the early teens, but was never taken seriously until approaching the end of high school.Girls did not replace your friends, and girls did not hang out with boys. Period.

New school - hang out. There might be a mob of anywhere from 6 to 20 or more friends of both sexes together at the mall. They might stay in the food court, walk the mall looking for other friends, peeking in stores. Rarely are they seen leaving or arriving there together. Parents bring them individually to the mall, drop them off, and return at some future time to pick them up. Kind of a babysitting service for kids without having to pay too much.

Old School - Getting in trouble at school. The real trouble makers were those hooligans who smoked and drank. Fighting was acceptable, as it might be a rite of passage, and after one went down with a solid punch, the fight was over. The combatants might even walk back to school together, but not always. Other lesser known trouble makers might be those who talked in class, went to the bathroom without a hall pass, or cutting class. One thing I did (but never got caught!) was go out to my car at lunch. I had a 1967 Mustang my junior year, and it had the perfect rain deflectors on it to launch bottle rockets. Now, we went to school across the street from a Catholic school, complete with nuns. At lunch, the nuns would walk from one building to another, and we would lie in wait for the perfect moment. We would ease down the rear window, set a bottle rocket on the rain deflector, light it, and roll the window up while sliding down in our seats. Whoosh! Up went the bottle rocket, across the street and landing in the schoolyard of the Catholic School. Boom went the rocket, usually near some nun, who jumped like Michael Jordan and ran as fast as her habit would allow. I am still ashamed of what I did.

New school - Getting in trouble at school. Guns, knives, drugs, fights, shootings, gangs, pregnancy, dating the teacher. What happened to the good old days of bottle rockets?

Old school- music. Music had a beat, a rhythm you could tap your foot or fingers to, you could understand the words, and they told a story. It might be about a girl you loved and lost, or something similar. Bottom line is that our old school music is still popular today, and not just by we old timers; our kids enjoy it too. They just won't let their friends know. Not cool.

New school - music. Or what they call music. Most artists couldn't carry a tune if you folded it up and put it in their pocket. Rap and Hip Hop and Anger Management songs and the like. That just hurts my ears. And the cars! Those thump thumpers that you can feel long before you can hear them! Why a train passing by next door can't compete with a car driving by a mile away! If I was advising a student today on a line of work to get into for the next thirty years or so, I'd tell them to go into Hearing Aids and the doctors that test hearing, because those guys with the cars are going to be deaf before they're 25 years old!

Old school - earning a living. When you were in school you prepared for your life after school. If you were lucky, you went to college and got a degree and went to work making a substantialy higher wage than if you did not have the degree. If you were not college material, you primed for your future by working in a factory, by learning a trade like car mechanic or plumber or electrician. Bottom line was, you worked because if you didn't you had no money.

New school - earning a living. Today, some will go to college. Some will get a degree, but only a percentage of these will find a job using that degree. Some will learn a trade, but they are becoming fewer and fewer. More and more use the following method of earning money: drugs. Making and/or selling drugs. One also might become a "go-getter". In other words, move in with (but not marry) a woman who works. You take her to work, then later you go get her, thus becoming a go-get-her. A side benefit is to father children out of wedlock, thereby allowing the mother to file for and receive additional government funds to augment her meager earnings at the local big box retail store or food service restaurant. Purely up to you as to how much you want to be bothered by the additional children running around your house. Be cautious in this approach: you might end up being a babysitter as you are already a baby-daddy.

Well, there you have it. I could go on, but I am old school; it's nearing 9:00 PM, and I have to get up at 5:00 AM to go to work at 6:00 AM. I do get off work at 5:00 PM, so I will have the evening to enjoy my family. Good night, folks.


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    • Mr Archer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mr Archer 

      6 years ago from Missouri

      Thank you Gypsy. I too feel that if we were able to hold our children of today to those standards, the world might be a little better off.

      bravewarrior, I am glad I grew up then as well. And I fear we are headed towards a point of now return.

      Thank you both for your kind words. Take care out there.

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      Shauna L Bowling 

      6 years ago from Central Florida

      Times they are a changin' - and not for the good! I'm glad I grew up in the Old School Days.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 

      6 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and interesting. Great comparison between old and new school. We've got some really wild young people here that could frighten just about anybody. You know I really feel that if most everything was still old school this world might be better off. Passing this on.

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      Mr Archer 

      6 years ago from Missouri

      I am as well, Bill. Thank you for being Old School with me.

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      Bill Holland 

      6 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Oh yes, Mike, you could go on and on, as could I. The best part of this fine hub was the last paragraph....get up, go to work, come home and spend quality time with family. I'm proud to be old school. :)


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