For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, about 22 hours ago

    Now it makes me wonder how many classmates Michael had when he was in kindergarten.

  2. ORMouseworks

    ORMouseworks said, about 22 hours ago

    These children are in a neutral location…of course they are going to behave…more or less LOL! ;)

  3. KenTheCoffinDweller

    KenTheCoffinDweller said, about 21 hours ago

    not sure about the time when the strip takes place, back in the ’50’s 10-15 was about the norm for Kindergarten and we only went 1/2 days.

  4. Gweedo - It's legal here !!! -  Murray

    Gweedo - It's legal here !!! - Murray GoComics PRO Member said, about 21 hours ago


    1/2 days in the early sixties too !
    Head count between 15-20.

  5. TheSkulker

    TheSkulker GoComics PRO Member said, about 21 hours ago

    Farm country, same bus for K thru 12 = full day, full room in the 20 range

  6. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 19 hours ago

    Depended upon which outfit put on the kindergarten. My state waited until the 90s to ruin kindergarten by making it mandatory and providing it. Used to be 1-12 not K-12.
    First grade was typically 30 or more students. Teachers used to be able to do that without constantly whining about it or having TAs do their work for them.

  7. trekman58

    trekman58 said, about 18 hours ago

    Ah – good memories! Milk & cookies and NAPS!!

  8. richardelguru

    richardelguru GoComics PRO Member said, about 18 hours ago

    That’s why teachers get the big buck—-Oh!
    Never mind.

  9. Pacopuddy

    Pacopuddy said, about 18 hours ago

    All reception class teachers are issued with a chair, a whip and three border collies.

  10. Ghille

    Ghille GoComics PRO Member said, about 17 hours ago

    Drove school bus for 5 years, but remember the DMV guy who gave me the road test for driving the bus…he came up the steps into the bus shaking his head side to side….I asked him if I had done something wrong already. He said “No, I just always have to wonder about the sanity of someone willing to turn their back on 72 kids at a time.”

  11. M2MM

    M2MM said, about 17 hours ago

    When I went to kindergarten, the class was really big (about 40 kids) and the teacher was an older lady (spinster too) so she ran class like a sergeant. Everything highly regulated. She really set the tone for the rest of my elementary education. :P The only teacher who was even more strict was the first grade teacher “Miss Hutchinson.” I have no idea where they found all these military types.

  12. MiHorn

    MiHorn said, about 16 hours ago


    That was when most kids were taught to have some respect, and teachers were allowed to discipline them w/o being sued.

  13. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, about 15 hours ago

    I am not sure of the point of this comic strip. Is it:
    a. A compliment to teachers who can handle 25 kids alone?
    b. A general indication that Elly considers herself to be completely unable even to consider doing what the kindergarten teacher does?
    c. A insult to teachers who use teachers aides or parent helpers?
    d. An expression of disbelief for programs with poor student to teacher ratios?
    e. An insult to librarians like Elly who run the children’s program at the library as to their ability to handle children vs. a kindergarten teacher’s?

  14. rshive

    rshive said, about 14 hours ago

    Never went to kindergarten. Just one of those things. Not sure I ever missed it.

  15. Gokie5

    Gokie5 said, about 14 hours ago

    Our grandkids in a country-type area ride the same bus K4, K5, 1 – 12. We have to pick up the kids ourselves for morning half-day preschoolers, or take them to afternoon preschool.
    I would have been in trouble if I hadn’t been able to get into first grade till I was 40" tall. I was the smallest kid in class, but well able to handle the schoolwork. (Shot up 12" between eighth and ninth grade.)

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