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  •  Catholic School in the 60's (3+ / 0-)
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    cactusgal, Leslie in KY, Debby

    Grades 1-8, I remember how the public schools were presented as a blackboard jungle, with second-graders in tiny leather jackets smoking and playing with their switchblades. It's funny now, but we really were taught to be insular and superior.
    It was rumored that in public school the teachers were not allowed to hit you. That part was true.

    •  Was It (0+ / 0-)

      supposed to be a bad thing that the teachers couldn't hit you?

      Eat, drink, and be fat and drunk.

      by Ref on Sun Dec 30, 2012 at 06:35:46 AM PST

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    •  All the while, us gangster punks down at Park (0+ / 0-)

      Elementary were being told that Catholic kids worshiped false idols and that their parents kept guns in the church basement, prepping for the big "takeover," after which we'd all be forced to eat fish sticks on Fridays and kiss the Pope's ring.

      At home there was a saner attitude.  It was the godless Commies who were going to overrun the country, take us from our parents, and force us to eat beet soup and drink vodka.

      Looking back, we were kept fearful all the time, of everybody who wasn't "one of us."  And we still are.

    •  I got swats more than a few times. (0+ / 0-)

      In Public schools! That was in the 70s.

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