Ozy and Millie by Dana Simpson

Ozy and Millie

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  1. Bruno Zeigerts

    Bruno Zeigerts said, 12 months ago

    Maybe they should cancel the sports programs instead.
    (Blasphemy, I know.)

  2. kaykeyser

    kaykeyser said, 12 months ago

    Never could stand schools that make cuts and drop music and art and theater before sports.

  3. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, 12 months ago

    re: BZ
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    I would LOVE to see school sports dropped. For example, in Oregon, 75% of the combined state, county, and city budgets goes to K-12. From $11,000 to $15,000 per student. Multiply that by 1.5 if the student is an illegal.
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    One half of that money goes to school sports. This 50% is typical, nationally.
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    Some national stats from CDC, NIH, orthopedic assoc, etc. on what K-12 sports do to kids:
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    14 million kids play sports.
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    7 million of them will be hurt bad enough to go to the ER, which accounts for ~80% of all ER visits of kids under 18. That doesn’t count other doctor visits, such as to immediate care.
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    400,000 will have a brain injury. These can kill, maim, change personalities, cause memory loss, can cause depression bad enough for suicide, etc.
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    Essentially every athlete has “weather aches” and similar permanent injuries from knees, elbows, etc.
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    Even the Soviets, who our current teachers think so highly of, had strict limits on how aggressive kids could be and how hard they could train. The reason was they knew kids bodies were still developing and they couldn’t fix much of the damage done from sports.
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    Until the 1990s, we had strict limits too. That sure changed.
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    If someone’s 18 and wants to bash their head and limbs in football or basketball, let them. But the taxpayers shouldn’t be paying for kids to hurt themselves.

  4. Stella S

    Stella S said, 12 months ago

    Rake your fingernails (claws?) down the chalkboard until they bring back music.

  5. John Bollinger

    John Bollinger GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    Well said!

  6. Veteran

    Veteran GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    Just keep using your OUTSIDE voice inside. That will work. Guaranteed to get attention and relieve your stress. Give it someone else that way.
    Mainly the clowns who came up with the tests to begin with.

  7. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, 12 months ago

    @John Bollinger

    Well written fiction. Our teachers admire the SOVIETS? If you beleive that, I know this Nigerian Bank Exec who’d like to be your e-mail buddy

  8. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, 12 months ago

    I think I should remind everyone that this arc was originally presented in 2001, as a response to the No Child Left Behind program

  9. Daniel Drazen

    Daniel Drazen said, 12 months ago

    Maybe Millie could change her name to Lisa Simpson.

  10. Darwinskeeper

    Darwinskeeper said, 12 months ago

    @Simon_Jester

    Sadly the whole high stakes testing thing is still going on. The problem being that the companys that make money supplying standardized tests are making campaign donations to school boards.

  11. Veteran

    Veteran GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    @Nabuquduriuzhur

    I can agree on some points. I remember Odessa High School aka MOJO back years ago. They spent about 2 million on new computers. They did not go to the students. It was for the football coaches and staff.
    The Computer science class kept working with old stuff.
    All to win the State Title 5-A ranking.
    They even recruited students good at football from other states. Brought them to Odessa, Texas, gave their dad a job at some oil company so the kid could play football for them. Once they graduated (if they did) the dad would be fired and that was that.
    Read the book Friday Night Lights. It is all about MOJO football and Texas football in general. All about the wins, education comes last.
    I do not agree however that Music should be removed from school. I believe that is essential to a well rounded education. Sports are okay just remove the championship drive things. Just play to play and enjoy friendly competition.

  12. capndunzzl

    capndunzzl said, 12 months ago

    …music is always the first thing to go in school….so sad.

  13. R.U. Kidding

    R.U. Kidding said, 12 months ago

    @Veteran

    Mojo is from Odessa Permian High, not Odessa HS.

  14. Veteran

    Veteran GoComics PRO Member said, 12 months ago

    @R.U. Kidding

    Thanks forgot the Permian part.
    But it is still true.
    Now it is Allen over here in the DFW area.
    Permian is not even ranked about 35.

  15. Reynard61

    Reynard61 said, 12 months ago

    I certainly hope that Millie is still practicing safe (if screechy and atonal) Sax…

    (And, yes; sports gets WAY too much attention in our schools!)

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