Doonesbury by Garry Trudeau


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  1. leftwingpatriot

    leftwingpatriot GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago

    The gold is about as real as Zipper’s grades.

  2. Buzza Wuzza

    Buzza Wuzza said, over 4 years ago

    Hasn’t Zipper seen enough of the “real world” hanging around with Jeff?

  3. Hugh B. Hayve

    Hugh B. Hayve said, over 4 years ago

    Sure, everyone always seems to underestimate good camping skills.

  4. Matthew Davis

    Matthew Davis said, over 4 years ago

    Does the real world demand results? It doesn’t look like it much anymore. I think what the real world demands is bluster, mostly.

  5. cdward

    cdward said, over 4 years ago

    Is it possible that the term “self-esteem” has been misunderstood or abused? Self-esteem in and of itself is not a bad thing. It simply means thinking enough of yourself to believe in yourself. In a culture where those of lower class are told, “Stay down there where you belong,” self-esteem is what gives them the belief that they can achieve whatever they set their minds to, if they work hard and smart enough.
    I believe when many say “self-esteem” what they mean is entitlement. As in, “I’m entitled to a good grade because Mommy and Daddy will throw a fit otherwise.” This is more commonly known amongst the higher classes (financially speaking), and it has actually served them quite well. They don’t have to achieve anything because others do it for them – and they make the money.

  6. bubujin_2

    bubujin_2 GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago


    Sure it’s real—100% fool’s gold.

  7. Gr82bUw

    Gr82bUw said, over 4 years ago

    It is wishful thinking that adults with influence over children will ever make them work. Their poor little egos couldn’t take being given anything but an “A”. Their poor little fragile self esteems even require daily butt kissing (oops"validation" and “thank you for waking up today-good job”. " you pooped" good job. “you made it to work only 15 minutes late. Better than last month good job”. Your “Thank you” is your paycheck. Earn it. People under 30 are a bunch of whiny needy sissies. Self esteem should come from the self. Not from parents and teachers who are afraid of kids. When did kids become royalty. Parents these days are a bunch of wussy butt kissers raising spoiled brats with a sense of entitlement. "mommy call my teacher I didn’t get an “A” becomes “Mommy call my boss and get me a raise” . And keep those brats at home. You’re not entitled to eat out if you have kids. You ruin everyone else’s meal. You had em it was your choice now live with it and them. As an employer the new workforce stinks. I higher retirees. Even with the cost of health insurance- their work ethic makes them a joy to have around.

  8. ScullyUFO

    ScullyUFO said, over 4 years ago

    Problem is that Zip’s classmates thought they had made a superlative effort.

  9. smalltownbrown

    smalltownbrown said, over 4 years ago

    At least Zipper is listening. That’s the first step toward getting the message.

  10. palos

    palos said, over 4 years ago

    In the third panel, I do believe his next word was going to start with the grade he received.

  11. Commentator

    Commentator said, over 4 years ago

    It’s funny, liberals like GT created the self-esteem craze in the first place.

  12. SCAATY_423

    SCAATY_423 said, over 4 years ago


    An outstanding curmedgeonly rant! — I imagine you feel a lot better now? But you’re only right up to a point.
    “Self esteem should come from the self. Not from parents and teachers who are afraid of kids.” True enough — we’re born with “self esteem” and an absolute sense of entitlement. (Why else do you think a baby cries? It wants what it needs when it needs it, because it needs it, period. That’s all it can understand.) Part of parenting is simply housebreaking the little tykes and guiding them to understand that they are not, in fact, the center of the universe.
    But in parenting, as in medicine, the rule has to be: “First, do no harm.” A child’s brain is simply not capable, except gradually, of learning courtesy, respect for others, humility, and the satisfaction of real accomplishment. But a child is also deeply impressionable: force maturity on them too hard, too early, and you can break their spirit — and teach them only that they’re unlovable losers not worth the air they breathe. Then you have a worse set of problems.
    Raising a child is a balancing act that spans a couple of decades, which no one has ever done perfectly…and if you do too much or too little at the wrong time, you’ve damaged a potentially good, decent human being. No pressure, right?…parenting is not for sissies, bub.
    Now, you seem genuinely to dislike children, as well as any adult who can’t tough out on their own whatever is thrown their way. Your prerogative, of course. Then simply avoid them, and any public place where they might go, and be happy with yourself. (And for the record, mature, self-sufficient adults actually do better with more appreciation than “your ‘thank you’ is your paycheck”. You’re missing out on most of what your employees can do for you, and for themselves, if that’s really your style.)

  13. route66paul

    route66paul said, over 4 years ago

    A child that never gets praise learns soon, that it doesn’t matter what they do, so why try? Toughlove parents end up with adult children bound for jail or the funny farm. anyone who works in one of those places has stories about a few misguided geniuses that were wasted because of what the parents did wrong.

  14. DoctorDan

    DoctorDan GoComics PRO Member said, over 4 years ago


    And yet it’s conservatives who push the notion that the absense of education and experience somehow makes them more qualified to make good decisions. It’s a wacky world, no?

  15. jrmerm

    jrmerm said, over 4 years ago

    @Matthew Davis

    And lies. The real world really loves lying these days.

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