Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Lewreader

    Lewreader said, over 5 years ago

    You should never, ever , never tell a liberal that throwing money at education doesn’t work. Since these people don’t understand personal responsibility, do not try to explain parental involvement and responsibility. Do not ask if they allow the TV to be on one or two hours a day. Are there more books than TV channels in the living room?
    No, it’s the government/teachers/taxpayers fault. By the way, you going to stop wasting money on math and teach my kid self-respect?

  2. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 5 years ago

    Lew, you’re right it is the parent’s fault. And it is also the student’s fault for being born to them. Bad parenting can be overcome, but it costs money. Screw ‘em, eh? Although, what some people call throwing money at “the problem” is just really doing it the right way. It’s cheap to build a highway in Iowa, it’s more expensive in the mountains. Is it worth it? It all depends on if you want roads in the mountains…Is it worth it to spend enough money to solve the problem, or should we just let it fester?

  3. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 5 years ago

    Yup, let’s cut education. That’ll teach us…..

  4. lkissell

    lkissell GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Those who can do, teach; those who can’t write the legislation which keeps us from teaching.

  5. Keith

    Keith said, over 5 years ago

    Jef, you’re smarter than this. Frazz is great (the guy and the strip). But you’ve bit the hook that say that if government and the overlord corrupt politicians don’t ‘provide’ us with education (from printed dollars), everyone will just sit and twiddle thumbs, and it won’t happen. The sky will turn green if the govt. does not come to the rescue. But just imagine all those tax savings which local communities and families could put toward creative free-er market education with more choices – without politicians currupting what could be a wonderful process.

  6. puddleglum1066

    puddleglum1066 said, over 5 years ago

    So what’s new here? Having spent time in both the corporate and public-ed sectors, I can say that all this “education reform” stuff is just the same voodoo we did in the corporate sector back in the ‘90s: give management more power; come up with magical “metrics” to use against the people who actually do the work; ignore the effect that the raw materials have on the quality of the product (Deming’s famous “red/yellow bead” exercise was completely lost on the managers who paid big bucks to participate in it); and Downsize Your Way To Success!
    Worked real well in the tech business. That’s why the once-mighty Bell Labs (ask your parents: Bell Labs was once the world’s greatest private R&D outfit, generating a patent a day and a Nobel Prize—in a real science, not some fluff like Economics or Peace—every few years) is now a tiny sliver of its former self, owned by a French company. But the executives who destroyed it walked away with a lot of money…
    Watch the same thing happen in education next. Idiocracy, here we come!

  7. puddleglum1066

    puddleglum1066 said, over 5 years ago

    Oh, and a postscript: the biggest advantage private (or “charter”) schools have over public schools is that they get to choose which students they’ll accept. (Once again, see Deming and the red/yellow bead exercise.) Public schools have to take every student who shows up, regardless of their ability, interest, or parental support for learning.

  8. John Allen

    John Allen GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Education has often been the victim of the reform of the day but the idea that we can make the system better by eliminating teaching positions takes the cake, Perhaps we can also eliminate crime problems by eliminating spending on police and cut back on fires by eliminating firefighters. You get my drift.

  9. lrpete

    lrpete GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Gee, come to my city and see the waste the school district does with money. See the contracts the union liars and thugs have locked in with the corrupt school board.

  10. Potrzebie

    Potrzebie said, over 5 years ago

    Umm, going back to the strip, COACH SPENDS THAT MUCH TIME IN THE BATHROOM? Most joks like him would only read the sports section and the auto ads! What is he eating?!

  11. StoicLion

    StoicLion said, over 5 years ago

    Oh, boy! A political discussion. This should be filled with logical, well-mannered back and forth between posters.

  12. Aerin

    Aerin said, over 5 years ago

    Honestly, it seems ridiculous to cut education. I’ve been seeing a lot of budget cutting in my own school district, and it isn’t pretty. And our school district is considered one of the best. I’d hate to see what’s going on in worse school districts. In our elementary schools they just cut a reading program for kids who need more help, and that is just horrible. For kids who need help that their teacher doesn’t have time to give them that sort of program is really important. So if that is what cutting educations does, it is so not a good thing

  13. pshapley

    pshapley said, over 5 years ago

    Let’s see — let’s give more money to rich CEOs and give them all tax breaks so they’ll do a better job. And then let’s cut school funding and fire teachers to force them to do a better job. I guess for the rich more money is an incentive, and for the rest of us, less money is.

  14. Butch Glover

    Butch Glover GoComics PRO Member said, over 5 years ago

    Connotative, "one-size-fits-all appellations such as "liberals’ or “conservatives” (not to mention, “right wing” & “leftists” etc….should be banned from ANY discussion. They don’t translate. Who is ALWAYS liberal? Who is conservative on each and every topic?
    So very tired, tiring and tiresome.

  15. exoticdoc2

    exoticdoc2 said, over 5 years ago

    Cuttiing it just might wake some people up. There are those who just don’t understand that not every problem can be solved by flushing more money down a rathole. The public education in this country is an ineffectual farce anyway.

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