For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. howtheduck

    howtheduck said, over 1 year ago

    When I was in middle school, I generally knew the reputation of the teachers before I got into class with them. Back in 1984 when Lynn Johnston did this comic strip, she had just moved to North Bay, Ontario, so neither she nor her kids knew anything about their teachers in advance.

  2. Leslie Barks

    Leslie Barks said, over 1 year ago

    My 9th grade English teacher had a scary reputation for being fierce and demanding. We all groaned when we found out who we had and entered her class with much trepidation. But she was “of the first variety” and ended up being my all-time favorite teacher. I continued to return to her for visits in high school, college, and after I graduated.

  3. trekman58

    trekman58 said, over 1 year ago

    Ah. 8th grade US Constitution class. Mr Hargraves. Reputation: hard. Reality: not too bad!
    (and passed the final too!)

  4. Jean

    Jean said, over 1 year ago

    favorite teacher of all time was high school American History teacher, he had a reputation of being funny but strict at the same time, he expected certain things and if you complied then he was a great teacher. Just never try to cheat in his class……great job Mr. Stanchos.

  5. lightenup

    lightenup GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    My daughter just had one of those teachers last year. As soon as she found out which teacher she had, the other kids said things like “Oh that’s terrible! She’s so mean.” But she ended up liking her a lot and I think it was a great year.

  6. frugalnotcheap

    frugalnotcheap said, over 1 year ago

    I was in high school before I realized it was ok like a teacher. It was just always ‘show up and shut up’.

  7. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, over 1 year ago

    My hardest teacher was my 11th grade history teacher, and he was a hard teacher, and I didn’t get good grades in his class. But I learned a lot from him just by listening to him. He was a very intelligent man.

  8. mcsnick

    mcsnick said, over 1 year ago

    Start out serious and get the kids used to actually listening. Then you can add humor and slip in some life stories. English teachers have the best subject.

  9. catsarge

    catsarge said, over 1 year ago

    When I started teaching, I was told “Don’t smile until the third week of school.” I didn’t follow that advice, and things usually turned out just fine.

  10. Ben_Jammin

    Ben_Jammin said, over 1 year ago

    Eighth grade math teacher, Mr. Taylor—he was like a drill sergeant. He always spoke at a high volume, tone demanding, and the guy just didn’t play at all. But I was patient with him, I did my work the best I could and was nice to him and he showed what a nice guy he really was. I hope he’s doing okay today.

  11. JanCinLV

    JanCinLV said, over 1 year ago


    I found that your idea worked in most classes. Be nice to the teacher and do your work as best you can and the teachers usually turned out to be pretty nice.

  12. USN1977

    USN1977 said, over 1 year ago

    I knew all about my teachers and I loved them…
    I was homeschooled! :)

  13. angusdad

    angusdad said, over 1 year ago

    I had a history teacher in 7th grade who had anger issues. One time in class he got mad and took a ruler and broke it over one of the girl’s desk. She broke out crying. She and I laughed about it years later. He died of a heart attack a few years later.

  14. hcr1985

    hcr1985 said, over 1 year ago


    That I what I found too!! Most of the kids saying “She’s a horrible teacher” were the ones who came late, goofed off and never did their homework!!!!

  15. rekam

    rekam GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    My brother warned me about “Witch Hazel,” the social studies teacher in Junior High. When I was unfortunate enough to get into her class, I was prepared, but not prepared to become her pet that she sent on all her errands. She gave me a B because I wasn’t in class enough.

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