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Robert Ariail

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  1. wmconelly

    wmconelly said, about 1 year ago

    You could write Public Healthcare on that mailbox, with the same men at work.

  2. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 1 year ago

    I think we can all agree this cartoon shows a Very Good Thing happening. Why should job creators who work hard to pay for their children to go to prep school have to pay to educate the children of the lazy?

    On top of which, public schools have to teach all the loony PC theories. Anyone who gets up early enough (I have to take this on faith) can see that the sun rises every morning. But now it’s PC to say that the sun doesn’t rise, the earth falls, and they expect us to believe that? (And I HAVE seen the sun set, so I cannot understand how anyone can possibly believe that the sun doesn’t set, when they can see it for themselves, but instead thinks that the earth is rising every evening just because that’s now considered the PC way to think.)

  3. stormtrooper11116

    stormtrooper11116 said, about 1 year ago

    Think you’re missing his point……………….

  4. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 1 year ago

    Too bad it isn’t one or the other the way it is portrayed here. It is about choice and competition. Public schools without competition and having no reason to be effective have ended up being bloated and inefficient. They are becoming more about being good on paper than producing anything.
    Forcing them to have competition and removing bureaucracy is the way to start to fix that. Vouchers are one method of doing that.

  5. Ted Lind

    Ted Lind GoComics PRO Member said, about 1 year ago

    Clearly we need to improve our educational system. Other countries do a better job especially in the STEM subjects. Bloated school bureaucracy and teacher unions are failing to provide a world class education in this country. Not educating the poor means you will be stuck with another generation of poor.

  6. Larry

    Larry said, about 1 year ago

    @Ted Lind

    Well put, Ted. Clearly something must be done.
    The lack of incentive, lack of education of our poor is appalling. Jesus said the poor will be with us always but that doesn’t have to be so.

  7. echoraven

    echoraven said, about 1 year ago

    @Ted Lind

    Well thought out post. Again.

  8. Michael wme

    Michael wme said, about 1 year ago

    @Ted Lind

    Back in the first half of the 20th century, most countries only provided secondary education to the top 5% or so, while the US made it available, for free, to everyone (although Ayn Rand wrote that any Atlas would drop out of school at age 12 to take over a mining operation or steel mill). And most of the world saw the wealth of the US eclipse the rest of the world, and now most nations insist on universal secondary education.

    And what did this get the US? Posh resorts, once the exclusive reserve of the gentry, crowded with members of the middle class. For the middle classes, it might have been a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but there were suddenly so many of them, once exclusive resorts were over-crowded.

    Decent schools should only be for the children of the 1%, so the rabble will never rise to overrun exclusive resorts, and we’ll finally have a solution to the servant problem!

  9. mshefler

    mshefler said, about 1 year ago

    How far over the top does it have to be before you recognize sarcasm?

  10. piobaire

    piobaire said, about 1 year ago

    @Ted Lind

    The teachers I know are all about doing the best they can for students with the resources they have. Almost all work many, many hours beyond contract, including nights and weekends. However, when teachers ask for raises, they are told, in effect, “No, you only work 35 hours a week. Oh, and you’re expected to do even more work next year.”

  11. piobaire

    piobaire said, about 1 year ago

    When I was a child, we were motivated to learn for a variety of reasons.
    First, out parents expected us to learn, to succeed. They read to us when we were toddlers, counted things, talked about colors and shapes, and taught us manners and proper behavior. Parents in those days respected what teachers were doing, and backed them up.
    Second, we knew that children who did not master the required skills were going to have to repeat a grade. Today children are promoted with their age group. This results in careless, unmotivated students at three or four reading levels in fifth grade classrooms.
    You see, it isn’t politically correct to tell children that they need to work hard. It’s part of the “everybody gets a trophy” and “everybody is wonderful” mentality. It must be somebody else’s fault if you are not doing well. When I was a kid, we had to work hard to get respect. We were taught to work hard to achieve. It is not so today.
    Next, it isn’t politically correct to tell parents to prepare their children for school, or to back teachers up. Nope. There are more of them, and they vote.
    It has become, however, politically correct (in some minds and political philosophies) to bash teachers and teacher unions. It’s part of a “all unions are bad, and we can pay people less if we bust the unions” mentality. Check out the information on educational and economic effects of teacher turn-over. (Please read more than the first sentence in the description.)
    No business could function well with that much job dissatisfaction and such high turnover. When the economy ever really gets going again, watch teachers leave the profession for respect, more money, and better working conditions.
    Public educators that I know don’t hate charter schools. They dislike seeing public money funneled to for-profit schools with questionable success rates and that treat their employees poorly. (Public educators pay taxes, too.) Public educators dislike being compared to schools that can pick and choose their students, when they can’t. Public educators don’t like being told that they are the source of all the problems in education, and that charter schools will solve the problems.
    Every single challenge and every single problem in schools today has one solution, as far as administrators and parents are concerned: Teachers must do more. Longer hours, more training, get more done in the same amount of time. This has been going on for decades, and the burdens are becoming crushing.
    Well, my lunch is over, and I have to go pick up my class. Yes, I am a teacher, and I am proud to be one, and proud to be a member of my teacher union.

  12. I Play One On TV

    I Play One On TV said, about 1 year ago

    Alternative schools show better results because they can choose the students they accept. Who would choose behavior problems, children too hungry to pay attention, or those with special needs? Leave those for the public schools, and then blame the public schools for not achieving the same results.

    And look how well we’ve done by deregulating trucking (no more owner-operators), the airlines (down to just a couple and they are in and out of bankruptcy courts), and banking.

    So, what’s not to like with deregulating schools?

    Here’s an idea: for years, school systems have been told how to be run by people who have never taught a student. Are we surprised at the outcome?

    (And now, we have a health care system run by people who have never seen a patient. What could possibly go wrong?)

  13. Enoki

    Enoki said, about 1 year ago


    In a one word reply:

  14. wbr

    wbr said, about 1 year ago

    why would anyone want to make urban students attend unacredited schools

  15. zippy06

    zippy06 said, about 1 year ago

    Whoa, some cartoonists are back from their vacation.

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