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Matt Bors

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  1. BrassOrchid

    BrassOrchid GoComics PRO Member said, 29 days ago

    These cans are defective!
    Aren’t the Almighty Johnsons coming to American TV?

  2. Darsan54

    Darsan54 GoComics PRO Member said, 29 days ago

    Whereas the ammosexuals and Republiclans are content to destroy education by denying it funding, so the only thing the students are good for is going into the army and learning how to kill.

  3. DaSharkie

    DaSharkie GoComics PRO Member said, 29 days ago

    @Darsan54

    Show me where there is evidence that the amount of money spent per pupil on education has any effect on the quality of that education? There is scant evidence. Look at what New York, D.C., and Philadelphia (to name a few) spend on their students and how pathetic they are at educating students.

    Parents are just as important at educating their children as a teacher is. You have to push your child, make them strive harder, and set the bar higher.

    Instead of money, I would rather see the kids in school year round. This ancient way of teaching kids with 4 months off is ridiculously stupid and outdated.

    But then the teachers, administrators, and unions would fight it.

  4. DaSharkie

    DaSharkie GoComics PRO Member said, 29 days ago

    As for the point of the toon, school shootings have not had a dramatic spike as of late. Nor have gun murders, nor has violent crime. But if it bleeds, it leads.

  5. MangeyMoose

    MangeyMoose GoComics PRO Member said, 29 days ago

    @DaSharkie

    “Parents are just as important at educating their children as a teacher is. You have to push your child, make them strive harder, and set the bar higher.”

    I never see this in print, nor do I hear it uttered when pols and bureaucrats speak on the subject. ANY child psychologist can tell you how critical the first 5-6 years are to a young, developing mind. It is a outright shame, and indicative to where our society is heading when teachers must take courses in how to deal with violent students, and our schools must be secured with all manner of expensive electronic devices!
    It has always been the duty of parents to instill positive values, and train them, more by example, how to behave in public.

    But, I cannot simply criticize the parents, who must compete for their children’s attention with TV, violent video games, and other kids whom they should not be “hanging out” with. Most parents (if they are lucky enough) must BOTH work jobs today just to make ends meet! Societal mores and technology change so rapidly that it is difficult for many to keep up, much less prosper. But, I digress.

    DaSharkie is right on with this observation.

  6. zorko

    zorko GoComics PRO Member said, 28 days ago

    Actually, this is the most effective suggestion I’ve seen

  7. emptc12

    emptc12 said, 28 days ago

    The Hierarchy of Hazard Control is: Elimination, Substitution, Engineering Controls, Administrative Controls, and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). I guess the Safety Sandwich would be considered PPE.
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    Hey, a whole new industry to provide jobs! Now, let’s squabble about government subsidies and tax deductions …

  8. ARodney

    ARodney said, 28 days ago

    No. Liberals try to DO something about it. Conservatives, apparently, love their guns more than they love their kids. It’s unfortunate when that pathology damages other people’s families.

  9. Thomas Thieme

    Thomas Thieme said, 28 days ago

    @DaSharkie

    You made one valid point: We do need year-round schooling because we haven’t helped Mom and Dad on the farm for well over century and the working class will welcome the baby-sitting. Other than that, welcome to the real world: All but the most affluent parents come home exhausted and have bequeathed to teachers with much of the raising of their children. I’ve been in education for forty years, seen a consistent move in this direction. Much of our class time is now reserved for helping kids just get along with each other. Stranger danger and lockdown drills take up far more class time than the atomic bomb attack drills ever did. As for money expenditures, take some time to follow it. It somehow gets funneled into bureaucratic needs. It’s a given that the farther away you get from an actual classroom, the more money there is to be found. Don’t trust the statistics, they’re put out by the ones who pocket a large portion of the money.

  10. hippogriff

    hippogriff said, 28 days ago

    Thomas Thieme: Not quite a century. Farming was a significant part of the economy up until just after WW-I, when it was replace by imported food (United Fruit, etc.). Prohibition got the blame for blame for post-WW-I social breakdown. Who can get emotional of social breakdown due to rapid urbanization? Despite the popular song of the time, “How’re you gonna keep them down on the farm after they’ve seen Pa-ree?”

  11. NeoconMan

    NeoconMan said, 28 days ago

    Anyone want to invest in my startup company that makes bullet proof backpacks for children?

  12. mikefive

    mikefive said, 28 days ago

    @NeoconMan

    You’re too late. They already sell a bullet proof insert for back packs.

  13. Rad-ish

    Rad-ish GoComics PRO Member said, 28 days ago

    Make child proof bullets.

  14. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 28 days ago

    During the 1970s, middle class people found that, if the woman worked outside the home in addition to the man, there would be more disposable income. By the early 1980s, prices for cars and houses had more than doubled. Coincidence?

    By the time we heard our “Morning in America” speech, it was basically a requirement for both parents to work fulltime just to chase the American dream. Once we became dependent on TV and daycare centers for the formative years of our childrens’ development, there was a marked decline in pupil readiness, which continues to this day.

    I saw a documentary recently of the Finnish school system, reported by Morgan Spurlock. The Finns score among the top in almost all measurements of educational value. He spent some time in a Finnish high school. The school day is about 5 hours long. Breaks between classes are at least 15 minutes long, and pupils are allowed to socialize and even walk outside! Homework almost always takes less than a half hour. And they still score way higher than we do in math, science, and the humanities.

    There are better systems. If we were smart, we would research those that work and determine why they do, and how to apply their methods to our particular needs. We would also research what doesn’t seem to work, to try to eliminate same.

    There will always be resistance to change. This doesn’t mean that we can’t change anything. We have the resources and the need: education is our nation’s future.

  15. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, 28 days ago

    @DaSharkie

    “As for the point of the toon, school shootings have not had a dramatic spike as of late. Nor have gun murders, nor has violent crime.”

    This has nothing to do with the point of the "toon. The point is that the very fact that someone has produced such a product is an admission that school shootings are just a fact of life these days, implying nothing can be done.

    The reason it is accepted is that it is apparent that prevention is not a priority; therefore we should just get used to it. There used to be an expression comparing an ounce of prevention to a pound of cure, but it evidently does not apply when guns are involved. And that is sad.

    And that is all that the ’toon is about. The fact that things are not statistically worse does not prove that things are better.

    “But if it bleeds, it leads.”

    And that’s why these people buy the guns and shoot up schools to begin with: so they can get publicity and go out in a blaze of glory. Once again, prevention….oh, why bother?

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