Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 9 hours ago

    Sad that children are so eager to play over studying. To be sure it isn’t that way in Finland and Japan. Play has its place, just not at the expense of learning.

  2. Caldonia

    Caldonia said, about 7 hours ago


    And vice versa. Remember the Tiger Mom who wrote that book?

  3. Caldonia

    Caldonia said, about 7 hours ago

    Ha, even I could’ve shimmed that. The teacher missed an opportunity to teach her a valuable lesson: How to shim.

  4. Armitage72

    Armitage72 said, about 5 hours ago


    Considering that Japan has a word that specifically means “death from overwork” (Karōshi), that sort of “work ethic” isn’t necessarily something to admire.

    I don’t know about Finland though…

  5. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 5 hours ago

    I’d feel a lot better about schools if so much wasn’t make-work. It’s a cliche, but teachers at my high school really did act like they were the only ones assigning homework. And so we did a triage approach, doing what was most important.

  6. Varnes

    Varnes said, about 5 hours ago

    Nabuquduriuzhur, Teachers like that don’t exist much any more. Now they work in teams and coordinate assignments so that doesn’t happen…

  7. kroykali

    kroykali said, about 4 hours ago


    Really? That’s great to hear. I had the same experience in my high school as Nabuquduriuzhur described. Was stressed most nights from way too much homework.

  8. whiteheron

    whiteheron said, about 3 hours ago

    I wonder what the correlation between the people who claimed to have had too much homework and low or failing grades would be.

  9. lonecat

    lonecat said, about 2 hours ago


    I wish I could shim like my sister Kate.

  10. kroykali

    kroykali said, about 2 hours ago


    I got excellent grades, whiteheron. I worked my tail off for them, thank you.
    But the heavy-hiomework experience played strongly with my decision to go to a vocational school after HS rather than college like my father and older brothers did. By the end of HS, I had had my fill of academia and senseless assigned busy-work and didn’t want four more years of it. After HS I got my aircraft maintenance certificate and today am making very good pay in avionics. Neither of my brothers are using their college educations today.

  11. Agewalker

    Agewalker said, about 2 hours ago

    Though grades are important, I don’t think there is a little kid alive who would rather be sitting in class in the afternoon on a friday than running free outside on the long weekend.

  12. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 GoComics PRO Member said, about 2 hours ago


    Truth be told Finland does it better. You should do a little study of how Finland reached the top academically.

  13. Duncan Idaho

    Duncan Idaho said, about 2 hours ago

    Desks like that don’t need to be shimmed. By spinning the feet they extend in and out so you can adjust each leg height independently.

  14. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, 9 minutes ago

    There’s Mr. Burke with a big sheaf of papers that have knowledge written on them. Mr. Burke has this idea that kids are there to learn something. It’s very unorthodox for a public school teacher. Our teachers knew we were there to be kept off the streets. The teachers were there to keep an eye on us, get us into sports, that kind of thing. Learn anything? Learn what? Whatever there was we had to learn was our parents’ responsibility. There’s only so much a school can do. Sure, the place is called a school. But false advertising is just part of the game.

  15. Carl42SG

    Carl42SG GoComics PRO Member said, 7 minutes ago

    Two years ago our school district issued an edict to limit homework (at the middle and high school level) to no more than 10% of the overall grade. I usually only assign once a week (twice if there’s a unit test coming). Still, it’s a challenge to coordinate between four or five core classes.
    Besides, at this point in the year (8 days of instruction left, but it’s not like I’m counting), most grades are pretty much set and the middle school version of senioritis is in full flower.

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