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Bizarre classroom posters from the '70s: Here's why your parents are so f*cked up (PHOTOS)

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Ever wonder why your mom and dad (or maybe you) are such a mess? These "discussion posters" from 1973 offer clues. Some are icky ("I'm O.K., and You're O.K."). Some are depressing ("What is the purpose?"). And some are borderline obscene, like this shot of a curious boy with a rocket over his crotch. Check out the entire hilarious collection below. It's a back-to-school special!

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85 comments
cynumber5
cynumber5

In the arrogant world of the "progressive Left", no one makes mistakes. They don't think anyone can learn from mistakes or ought to be allowed to make them.  Everyone is forced to be exactly the same and THEY get to choose what is and isn't a mistake. TODAY is a much more bizarre world than it was then.  Ask the grownups tomorrow....if they'll even be allowed an opinion.

Cynthia Croak Mitchell
Cynthia Croak Mitchell

Time warp back to sacred heart! Btw agree with all of the above. Hopefully these messages are still hammered home by parents and teachers alike

Auden Ledahl
Auden Ledahl

Some of the images in these posters make no sense. The messages are good, but they're no good without the text.

Bryan Benbow
Bryan Benbow

How many times are you going to recycle this, Westword?

Amy R Clinton
Amy R Clinton

Apparently the writer has issues lol. I over analyze and I didn't find anything "disturbing". I knew the moment I read his opinion on the kid holding a picture of the rocket ship that he was full of it. Lame lol.

Daniel Shalik
Daniel Shalik

I grew up in the 70's and don't remember any of these posters but then again I went to Catholic School in grade school. They kind of look like the weekly readers but I honestly cannot remember any of these posters.

Rocs Anne
Rocs Anne

hahahaha! Yep, it was a weird time. But really fun!! I'd go back to the 70's in a heartbeat!

Robert Alan Doak
Robert Alan Doak

Those pictures are as relevant today as they were in the 70's or my generation' the 50's. If that writer thinks the values in those posters screwed people up, it makes me wonder what kind of values he has. I am 66 yrs young and this generation will grow up to be just as good members of society as the rest of us.

radoak
radoak

I don't think my school could afford posters like that. I am 66 and I think those posters are as relevant today as they were then.  I don't get the writers point.  I think he must be screwed up if he thinks those posters screwed up the 70s generation I also think that the present generation is going to turn out pretty good from what I see. 

Bill Alan Doak
Bill Alan Doak

Most of them have good advice. 30 years from now people will say todays classroom pictures are quaint and weird. People who grew up in the 70s are way more respectful and honorable than kids nowadays.

Mike McClure
Mike McClure

Thank you both for your comments! I was beginnjng to think I was the only person who felt this way. In the last couple years it seems like these posts are becoming more of a tabloid style attention grab than anything of quality.

captaintrips1
captaintrips1

What's "bizarre" is that some f*cked up hipster doofus "writer" at sociopathetic westword thinks these very relevant conversation starters caused anyone to be "f*cked up".  The "journalist" doth protest too much, methinks.  

Amanda Gray
Amanda Gray

This has confirmed my opinion about westword. It's the resident journalists that are f***ed up and bizarre. Sad this is my home town magazine....

Emily Broadwell
Emily Broadwell

I mean, I've seen some "vintage" stuff that made me laugh in a cringing sort of way ('50s "stranger danger" educational films... old commercials for truly misguided efforts at children's toys...). So I thought this could potentially be amusing. But, with maybe one or two exceptions, I fail to see what's creepy about these... they're just sorta quaint drawings with generally decent advice printed on them that, granted, I would have found a bit lame as a school kid. The only bizarre thing, I'd say, is projecting qualities on these that would make them capable of f*cking someone up.

Heather Bendele
Heather Bendele

Butch Bendele & Suzie Russell, did you guys have these in your classrooms as kids?

Nancy L. Fowler-Stricker
Nancy L. Fowler-Stricker

Guess I don't have a dirty enough mind to see how some of those posters as being effed up, and BTW the rocket is above the thigh so maybe the blogger should get their mind out of the gutter. SMH Perhaps we need those posters back and teach more kids about respect, taking responsibility for their actions, caring about others, everyone should be treated equally and having manners among other things. But I guess that I must be effed up since I teach my kids those things and expect them to have manners, respect others, take responsibility for their actions, care about others, treat others as they would want to be treated and that they have to work for what they want. ::sighs::

Carol Pinard
Carol Pinard

I agree. Those aren't really bizarre most of them talk about respect and values that many children seriously lack today. I say put the posters back up. Lol

Clifford Goose Adams
Clifford Goose Adams

Maybe thats why parents have jobs, cars and shit and today's generation has a big old pile of nothing.

Ron New
Ron New

Thinking that teaching values and self responsibility in school is f'd up is a prime example of the lowest common denominator approach plaguing our society.

Damon Wood
Damon Wood

that's why daddy's sleeping in his car tonight.

Chris Estus
Chris Estus

No we can't let anyone thing they failed or are not as good as others. Everyone is special and is correct in their own way. This kind of thinking is what is creating the coutry full of panzy ass loser who don't know how to handle it when it doesn't go their way. Maybe if they weren't pampered in school and actually taught that not everyone is equal they may have a better chance when they hit the real world.

Eric Smiles
Eric Smiles

Bizarre? No. Pictures like these are worth a thousand words, emotions and more. Too bad it's not a TV reality show poster or some rapper denigrating women...

John S. Schafluetzel
John S. Schafluetzel

Beginning to question the value of Denver Westword. Either you give me something like this POS that makes me question what I am even supposed to get out of it or you want to warn me about how asking a waiter to wait on me or a bartender to use his craft and make a drink is douchey. Seriously, nobody - NOBODY - seems to have any idea why this is supposed to be "f*cked up." So again, I have to question why you are wasting my time directing me to the misguided word-sludge of some idiot who is either put off by dated style, his own weird inclinations toward phallic imagery (sometimes a rocket is just a rocket) or is worse yet offended that children should ever have been lead to be honest or persistent or inclusive or caring or, hell, decent. I used to really enjoy your posts. Lately, however, I've found myself wondering if you do anything other than lead unsuspecting viewers to your site for traffic purposes. I mean, I get that is where the revenue comes from, but seriously. Give us something legitimate in return for our pageviews or watch your viewership drop away as we all catch onto your tricks.

Amber James
Amber James

I like them. Kids get them. It's warped minds that negate them

LindaLee Law
LindaLee Law

Its true. sure mock the simple lol or text it lol

Elizabeth Kurtak
Elizabeth Kurtak

Love it! They should put them up in our schools and courthouses.

Kellie Petras
Kellie Petras

The kid looks like he's about to slam some ones face into the desk ha!

Sarah D Hicks
Sarah D Hicks

really bizarre????? that's how we REALLY DID LEARN SOMETHING WORTHWHILE IN SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dave Dunlap
Dave Dunlap

maybe not having these is why my kids are so fuk'dup lol

Scott R. Shriver
Scott R. Shriver

Love the font used. Someone should modernize the pics though.

Jana Goff Tweedy
Jana Goff Tweedy

I grew up in the 70s and 80s and vaguely remember these. Some of these have to be the work of reformed hippies having flashbacks.

heyammy
heyammy

I think some of the illustrations are creepy: e.g. boy in the "Mistakes can help us learn" pic looks like he's thinking "Next time I'll cheat on tests" (or something worse)!

As for the poster that says "Can you get into the group" - why exactly would you want to "get into the group"? I thought we should pride ourselves on being individuals, not sheeple belonging to a certain clique where everyone conforms or subscribes unblinkingly to a concept just because it is what the majority does or believes in.

juli21
juli21

Since when is it "bizarre" to "be fair," "think for yourself," "tell the truth," "have courage," "know the consequences," and the rest of them? Granted, that "what is the purpose" one was puzzling, but overall, these contain good advice for developing humans. I think these messages are positive and helpful; not one of them talked about "everybody wins/you're SO special" or the other side of the spectrum, "you must do whatever it takes to win."

 

If the writer thought THESE effed up "your parents," well...that "writer" is more than a bit short-sighted and seemingly infatuated with his own cleverness.

Roxy Arana
Roxy Arana

I think these are great! Way better than telling kids 'compete,compete, compete fuck everyone else...you are so amazing and better than everyone' else like they do these days.

The "Be Curious" one is bizarre though...

Particalman86
Particalman86

Ahh nevermind I understand now.  It was a post that was designed to attract traffic to the website during the start of school.  People will type in "back to school," or "classroom" ect...And the westword blog hopes that its page will show up in the search, further attracting people to investigate with a catchy title and what not.  Too bad it doesn't see itself all the way through.  

Particalman86
Particalman86

This is lost on me, maybe its suppose to be ironic?  I think both the artwork and the messages are interesting.  I don't even see the artwork as bad, in fact I think stylistically even though its outdated that there is something there.  I'm confused at why these are described as bizarre.  

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