Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 4 years ago

    The average in the U.S. is 20 per classroom. That’s down from about 30 when I was in school. And yet the quality of teaching is extremely poor compared to then.

  2. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, about 4 years ago

    teachers should be given more than a pat on their backs. not to used as a political prop. and, not to be used as the reason of the local deficit.

  3. brickster

    brickster said, about 4 years ago

    35 students in one classroom, 5 next door. That makes an average class size of 20!
    Need to look at the median class size

  4. Varnes

    Varnes said, about 4 years ago

    Most of the classes I sub for have at least 30 students…

  5. sonorhC

    sonorhC said, about 4 years ago

    In my mom’s years in the public schools, I don’t think she ever once had a class that was under 30.

  6. Marko56

    Marko56 said, about 4 years ago

    As I remember it, the STUDENTS were much easier to handle due to then standards of child rearing and discipline. The teachers didn’t have to deal with the effects of poor parenting to the degree they do currently. That, combined with the unrealistic expectations and requirements placed on the educational professionals, has caused the current poor state of education in the U.S., and it’s not going to get any better.

  7. blather046047

    blather046047 said, about 4 years ago

    At one in a million, there are still over 300 people in this country just like him.

  8. Sketcherdude

    Sketcherdude said, about 4 years ago

    Gotta admit, as much as I like this strip it can SOMETIMES be pretty obscure….but when you hit one out of the park, it clears the fences, the parking lot, the county line……

    oh, yeah…and I also agree with every post listed to date, so a four fingered cartoon five to everyone

  9. lightenup

    lightenup said, about 4 years ago


    I agree!! I am doing my best to raise kids who are respectful, work hard and enjoy learning. They love school, get top grades, and all of their teachers tell me that they are a pleasure to have in the classroom. It’s not hard, just a lot of work, which many don’t want to do.


    USAFMSGT said, about 4 years ago

    In Alabama the proficiency exam was at the 8th grade level and a certain group was not required to take it because it was deemed racist by that groups lawyers.

  11. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, about 4 years ago

    In the public middle schools sports take over. The teachers can’t emphasize academics or it will take away from valuable sports. Sure, sports have their place. But it shouldn’t be the entire focus of the school. It shouldn’t be the area where all the money is drained into with no accountability. Everyone seems to not have a complaint about it because they are sports crazed themselves and watch sports on tv. Many people in this country are anti-intellectual and consider books and learning to be the devil. Well, anyway that’s how it is here in Michigan. Probably something to do with the car industry here giving people a false sense of security.

  12. ealeseth

    ealeseth said, about 4 years ago

    If they didn’t pass the basic exam, they would not have been hired. If they were not hired, they would not have completed their probationary period. Our union doesn’t not prevent firing unsatisfactory teachers. The union does provide due process when teachers are accused by a parent or child who is angry about a low grade earned by the child’s lack of work. Large class size (35+ or “only” 30 if non-English speakers).

  13. ealeseth

    ealeseth said, about 4 years ago


    Would you have passed? Groups should be group’s.

  14. JiminNYC

    JiminNYC said, about 4 years ago

    This is why I decided NOT to become a teacher:
    —You’re held responsible for 30+ kids at a time but have almost no authority to discipline them,
    —You’re used as a way to score cheap political points by both left AND right (but more often by the right),
    —Your lesson plans are subject to the hysterics of a parent whose qualifications can (and in at least one case in NYC, did) consist of taking orders at McDonald’s,
    —and all for a salary far less than what we pay our average garbage collectors.

  15. Editer63

    Editer63 said, about 4 years ago

    Alabama? It probably was racist. I know some great folks from that state, but the institutions are another matter …

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