Frazz by Jef Mallett


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  1. mdcdjg2008

    mdcdjg2008 said, over 3 years ago

    Most of my teachers growing up didn’t mind “i’m just curious” questions as long as it was on the subject they were currently trying teach, but would get flustered if we went off topic.

  2. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    re: night gaunt

    It’s scary stuff. We had much more difficult tests in the 1980s, but since today’s teachers don’t teach the basics now, they whine about “teaching to the test”.

  3. AshburnStadium

    AshburnStadium said, over 3 years ago

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    A Gettysburg address, in time for the 150th anniversary of the battle in just one month!

  4. magicwalnut

    magicwalnut GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I’m a retired teacher. , I LOVED any question that wasn’t, “Will this be on the test?”

  5. Paul Roese

    Paul Roese GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    this is like the gag with Lucy and the football. the teacher should know by now never to ask if there are ant questions. now all kids need to know are the answers to the questions on the state evaluation tests they have to take.

  6. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst said, over 3 years ago

    And he’ll get there on her nerves!

  7. DevilsNight

    DevilsNight said, over 3 years ago


    I had a teacher that would answer that question with “Plan that every thing will be on the test”

  8. JiminNYC

    JiminNYC said, over 3 years ago

    I will always take Caulfield’s reaction when he learned what it meant that Mrs. Olson’s sciatic nerve was flaring up:

    “I’ve been REPLACED?????”

  9. vwdualnomand

    vwdualnomand said, over 3 years ago

    do teachers actually teach anymore, or do they teach to the test and give out packet work.

  10. Gee Man

    Gee Man GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    On what do you base your assertion that today’s tests are easier?

    I am a teacher – I took my departmental exams (our standardized grade 12 core subject tests) in 1985-86; by the time I was doing my student teaching, 1993-94, the new tests were already significantly more difficult, despite no changes to the curricula – we had a library of all the previous test booklets to use as practice banks, so I could compare the most recent with the actual exam I took. Throughout my years of teaching high school, the trend remained for the level required by the test to escalate (in the form of more complex questions, and higher level-questioning – more application/analysis/critical thinking versus simple recall questions), regardless of changes, or lack thereof in the curriculum. In the elementary system, my own daughter is being introduced to concepts in math, for example, a couple grades ahead I where it was when I went through school.

    I really grow tired of people who don’t know the first thing about what goes on in schools speaking as if they do – usually to denigrate what students and teachers currently do, which is simply a way to feel smug about supposedly being smarter than the current generation.

  11. water_moon

    water_moon said, over 3 years ago

    @Gee Man

    Excellent points.

    My daughter is doing addition and subtraction in her Kindergarden, which I know for a fact we didn’t get to until 1st grade, and my first grade school won the Presidential Medal for Excellence in Education that year!!

  12. Varnes

    Varnes said, over 3 years ago

    Gee Man, I get tired of the strange attitude some people have about schools, kids and teachers these days, too. And, Dang,
    it’s difficult to discuss the issues with somebody who doesn’t have a clue about the subject they’re talking about…..

  13. packratmac

    packratmac GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Everybody went to school, so they know all about how to teach, as opposed to how to drive a truck, or edit a newspaper (or clean a toilet or maintain a boiler, which Frazz must do!) Yesterday’s strip had Mrs. Olson saying she lost the test key so she gave everyone a B, meaning the cartoonist thinks that even the every day tests in things like Social Studies come out pre=printed! Most teachers (especially in grade school) make the tests up based on what they covered in the unit, folks! The real Mrs Olson wouldn’t need a key because she’d KNOW what the answers were – including a range of variables that would get a kid full or partial credit even if it didn’t match the textbook 100% because she could see how or THAT the kid was thinking!

  14. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 3 years ago


    You’re joking! I didn’t get to that until 4th grade. By sixth grade there was a small amount of multiplication and division. The elementary teachers I had were math phobic. In middle school they were teaching phobic, and the entire school was textbook phobic. So my math education ended completely in the 6th grade. But they had an engouement for football in middle school.

  15. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 3 years ago

    @Gee Man

    Hey Gee Man you should have seen my mess of a public middle school. I think the coaches were taking kickbacks from the uniform companies. Those were fine uniforms – I mean like, wow, the fit and quality of them! But I would have appreciated any kind of text books even more!

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