PreTeena by Allison Barrows

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  1. MayKitten

    MayKitten GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago

    Now the question is: Does the private school really inspire the students to improve their work? Or does the school grandfather the grades.

  2. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago


    Private schools are chosen so that they won’t “grandfather” the grades.

  3. paha_siga

    paha_siga said, over 1 year ago

    Interestingly enough, where I live a private school would be far more suspected of doing such a thing (because how came that the parents PAY and you leave their child for second year!?).

  4. snarkm

    snarkm said, over 1 year ago

    This entire story-line is weird and badly thought out. If all Allison wanted, was to criticize the public school-system and show that pupils don’t have to work anymore to get good grades, then why did she start the entire story with a call from Jeri’s teacher expressing concern about Jeri not working and getting low grades? That’s the opposite of all the strips that came afterwards.

  5. cdward

    cdward said, over 1 year ago


    Agreed. Actually, I find middle school teachers to be a special breed, working with a difficult population and making a huge positive difference in their lives. I was a product of public schools, as are my children. I did quite well among those who went to private school, and my kids are comparing quite well with them today. Which is all a long-winded way of saying, public school teachers (middle school above all), put up with a lot of garbage and still do a lot of good. Think how much more they could do if they actually had some public support.

  6. Egg Man

    Egg Man said, over 1 year ago

    Maybe her grades were mixed up with a students and they got each others report cards.

  7. bawana

    bawana said, over 1 year ago

    I too am a product of a public education. I passed thru the system during the peak of the boom(873 in my graduating class) and the whole point seemed to be- keep the line moving people! I learned most of what I needed in kindergarten, and the rest when I enrolled at school of hard knocks.

  8. Tekman7d0

    Tekman7d0 GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    Well said bawana! Your description of the moving line is exactly how I felt in public schools. Now I see the same thing happening to my children, both the “normal” ones and my special needs child.

  9. MayKitten

    MayKitten GoComics PRO Member said, over 1 year ago


    It doesn’t matter if it is a private or public school, when you hold a kid back a term or two, It is for the benefit of the student rather than any consideration for the parents pocketbook or pride, you have to make the decision based on his or her academic accomplishments. If remedial work is needed for future sucess, then the sooner it begins, the better.
    All too often a poorly prepared child is promoted to middle school with a B or C average because of the GRS. (Good Riddance Syndrome) and when this happens it is necessary to bounce him down to the fifth form or maybe fourth.
    If a child has not accomplished the basic educational skills in language, reading, mathematics, government and science not to mention social skills by the end of the third form, this is a tragedy; he may never catch up.

  10. Night-Gaunt49

    Night-Gaunt49 said, over 1 year ago

    People learn at different speeds and in different ways. Our schools, by-and-large cannot function that way. They need to. Private or Public they have that problem.

  11. janinabarnes

    janinabarnes said, over 1 year ago


    Sadly, research indicates that holding students back (retention, in educator-speak) rarely improves their performance and frequently makes it worse compared to passing a comparably-performing student to the next grade.

  12. trekman58

    trekman58 said, over 1 year ago

    CHARTER school Teena! They’re the way to go!

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