Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 4 years ago

    Don’t forget the explosion in “make work” that has happened in the last 20 years. For all of the extra garbage that the teachers send home for kids to plow through, why don’t they learn as much as we did, just a generation before?

  2. madmonk73

    madmonk73 said, about 4 years ago

    The government wasn’t as deeply involved in the schools. The average teacher puts in 70 hours a week with just the paper work.

  3. Varnes

    Varnes said, about 4 years ago

    When I was his age, Friday night and Saturday were nothing but play. Sunday was the day of homework. Gotta do the homework then…..Besides, Sunday’s already ruined by the fact you have to go to school the next day….The Sunday evening blues…Thank God for the Simpsons…. The tic ttic tic of 60 Minutes bugged the hell out of me…

  4. bagbalm

    bagbalm said, about 4 years ago

    True story – I refused to do any homework the last two years of high school. They hated my guts as they do anyone they can’t indoctrinate to obedience. Control bullies? Schools are the ultimate bullies.

  5. Lee-Anne Griffin

    Lee-Anne Griffin said, about 4 years ago


    Yes…such bullies when you are in your late teens and they want you to learn things. Giving you homework and teaching you how to study is not bullying. It is an indoctrination of obedience but, rather, a nice life lesson on what college is like and the need to study and learn. Schools are anything but control bullies. Discipline in life is needed. In fact, I would say the lack of discipline these days is half the problem with the schools. They need to enforce more of it.

  6. puddleglum1066

    puddleglum1066 said, about 4 years ago

    Elementary school has study halls? When did that start? My recollection of elementary was that the whole day was divided up into classes—English, math, science, reading (why this was separate from English I don’t know, but it was), music, art, etc., and each class included some time to work on the assignments. Anything unfinished in class became homework. I don’t recall stand-alone study halls till at least seventh grade. Have things changed?

  7. Alexikakos

    Alexikakos said, about 4 years ago


    With an attitude like that I’m guessing that you need (metaphorically at least) a lot of your avatar.

  8. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 4 years ago


    Rising class sizes, lowering school budgets, an increase in families with two working parents, societal mores discouraging learning and intelligence, technology allowing for easier methods of distraction, greater reliance on “teaching to the test”….
    Oh, was I supposed to say “kids are just stupid and lazy these days”? When hasn’t that been the case?

  9. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, about 4 years ago

    Man, I wish MY school had had a pool.

  10. ealeseth

    ealeseth said, about 4 years ago

    @puddleglum1066 English includes the grammar, writing, spelling, parts of what is often refered to as Language Arts. The same content would be part of learning French, Japanese, Norwegian, etc. Reading is exactly that. It would include both the skills (and where I taught) time to read for enjoyment. Many of our students didn’t have a place to read at home – too many people in too little space due to high rents.

  11. Solange

    Solange said, about 4 years ago

    @Lee-Anne Griffin

    While I don’t disagree that discipline isn’t an issue (yes yes double negative. OK triple :) ), in the past it was taken too far. We need to find a grey area there. A large part of problem is is the general bad attitude towards education (just read a comics about kids attitude towards school). Try living somewhere where school is seen as a privilege and you are lucky that you have homework, such as in Africa. At least when I was a kid there, people had a very different attitude towards education (OK, yes, and discipline too ;b)

  12. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, about 4 years ago


    You would have loved the public school I went to. There was no homework! The “tests” were easy peasy. That was because sports was the main goal. You could just nap on your desk or occasionally a student would nap on the floor next to his desk.

  13. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, about 4 years ago

    Nabuq: There was less to learn back then, so it was easier. When I Caufield’s age, DNA hadn’t been discovered, there were 52 countries (only three in Africa), probability was college level math for accountants (now it is a primary part of role-playing games), I was born closer to the Civil War than to today. You learned more because there was less to learn –
    like one can run a hundred meters faster than a marathon.

  14. Tomielm

    Tomielm GoComics PRO Member said, about 4 years ago


    Solange, one does not have to go so far as another country. I started out in a two-room rural school in one of our Southern states, but we moved North to an urban school district. Oh, the possibilities! I loved school and went on to become a teacher, myself. That’s when I discovered that there actually were young people who did not treasure educational opportunities. So much is connected to how much importance parents place on education. If they’re enthusiastic and supportive of both their children and their schools, learning takes place. The children will thank them—and their teachers—later when they become mature enough to understand how fortunate they were.

  15. bigpuma

    bigpuma said, about 4 years ago

    This is good. Instead of standing idly by and winking at Caulfield’s bad behavior, Frazz gives some guidance. As usual, though, there’s the smart aleck angle: Frazz doesn’t know a rhetorical question when he hears one?

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