I never really thought of the Frazz strip as an expose’ of bad public school teachers like Hacker and Olson (and to some extent the principle too). Living outside the US, I have little knowledge of your public school system. In this increasingly internet and information society, why would you pad your country with poor illiterate people? Don’t they drag the elite families (who educate their kids in private schools) down through costs of social programs or street crime? The problem with everyone looking out for themselves is that nobody gives a damn about anyone else. With that outlook, eventually the whole structure collapses (think Roman Empire).