“if my kid gets held back”? B.S.! Schools routinely pass kids they know haven’t learned anything. The state where the artist wrote this (washington) doesn’t hold kids back who need it..One of my relatives in Washington (not far from where this comic is produced, interestingly enough) couldn’t convince the school that since his daughter had learned nothing in that school that she should be held back. And so he had to take her out of that school and put her in another to repeat the grade. It turned out to be an excellent decision.