Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. simpsonfan2

    simpsonfan2 said, about 4 years ago

    There will always be a ‘Bell Curve’ because there will always be some kids who are smart, and some who are just plain DUMB.

  2. Alexikakos

    Alexikakos said, about 4 years ago

    Shift a small enough sample of the bell curve as far to the right as you can go and Einstein will eventually be the dumbest man in the sample.
    Shift that same sample as far to the left as you can and the dumbest person you know will eventually be the smartest person in the sample.
    That’s how the outcome of polls are manipulated.

  3. bagbalm

    bagbalm said, about 4 years ago

    Getting everybody above average is easy. You just lie.

  4. Varnes

    Varnes said, about 4 years ago

    simsonfan, there is no such thing as a failing kid. It’s all on the parents!

  5. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 4 years ago

    re: varnes
    Unfortunately, it didn’t seem to matter that most of the kids I went to school with that went bad, had good parents. They were taught junk in school and it affected them. (This was during the time when schools said to the parents that they didn’t want the parents involved— they could teach better.)

  6. ThreesAParty

    ThreesAParty said, about 4 years ago

    Varnes, I used to think that… until I had ‘one of those’ kids. He scoffed at any form of discipline from age 4; we were at school at least once a week to work with teachers (I started working for myself so I could be very flexible); we modified diet; he had at least 2 dr. appts. a week… Finally, at age 14, we enrolled him in a tough love program where he lived in the woods for a year. It worked out his violence, but not his other bad choices. Now he is in his mid-30’s & I can’t count the number of times he’s been in jail; he never finished HS; he has been arrested 4 times for DUI; he has had 4 near fatal accidents.
    I could go on, but I hope you get my point. I’ve been in support groups for 30 years.

  7. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, about 4 years ago

    Southern Michigan (the state where this strip is set) certainly IS flat. Iowa is mountainous in comparison!

  8. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, about 4 years ago


    Is that Vision Quest? My unofficially-adopted brother was in that program, and it only did harm for him. He was never the same, and is not the happy-go-lucky kid that I met back in 1984.
    My mom tried to legally adopt him, but the paperwork was never signed by his absentee father, who lived 3,000 miles away.

  9. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, about 4 years ago

    a lot of things in life can be explained by the bell curve.

  10. Tubbycat

    Tubbycat said, about 4 years ago

    During my time at school they changed how they graded people. no more curves. instead your grades were based on how much YOU knew, and how much YOU had improved over the course of the year. Everyone could get an A+ (IF you improved enough and scored well enough) and no-one was compared to anyone but themselves.

  11. kingstonave

    kingstonave said, about 4 years ago

    Whenever I see someone do something really stupid, I’m reminded that intelligence is on a bell curve.

  12. Katiekicks

    Katiekicks said, about 4 years ago

    They don’t practice the idea of curves at my high school, and its lucky for the other kids they don’t; they wouldn’t get many, if any points

  13. P Partridge

    P Partridge said, about 4 years ago

    of course, this strip is talking about standardized tests which are intentionally made with approximately half the questions being ones the age the tests are for are not supposed to know. (Yeah, it’s a messed up system)

  14. puddleglum1066

    puddleglum1066 said, about 4 years ago

    But would the standardized test of the superintendent’s dreams really have a flat bell curve? That would mean a uniform distribution of scores—exactly the same number of kids at every possible score from zero to 100 percent, which hardly seems like a good outcome! The “ideal” curve would seem to be one that’s an impulse function: everybody getting every question right. Or, at least, a curve with 90 percent of the scores above the midpoint (the Lake Wobegon curve, where all the children are above average)…

  15. kmanter

    kmanter GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago


    Ding-ding, we have a winner.

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