Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Stone Soup

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  1. pendijk

    pendijk said, over 2 years ago

    Smart thinking! Love that look in the last panel, :)

  2. JoanHelen

    JoanHelen said, over 2 years ago

    School uniforms are the answer to that dilemma, although it seems that American schools don’t have them. There is no competition amongst the girls regarding their clothes; and the children do look smart in their uniforms.

  3. slug_queen

    slug_queen said, over 2 years ago

    Some American schools do have them, but it is not common. A friend of mine has a granddaughter in a school that has uniforms, and she says it’s insane what the girls will do to stand out, be ‘cute’, etc. Wacky shoes, hair, jewelery, and the older girls with the makeup. She says the one really good thing though- the boys are not wearing saggy jeans! They have to wear belted slacks, and at the normal waistline level, or else.

    That I think would be reason enough for a uniform policy!

  4. bagbalm

    bagbalm said, over 2 years ago

    Why not just go straight to prison jumpsuits for uniforms?

  5. luckylouie

    luckylouie said, over 2 years ago

    School uniforms are great for discipline. I saw a video clip where the kids were wearing uniforms, and they were all polite and obedient. It was a little hard to follow though, since it was in the 1930’s and they were speaking German.

  6. daniel_bel

    daniel_bel said, over 2 years ago

    Gotta love that autumn brown shirts don’t you Louie?

  7. yardlet6

    yardlet6 GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    @luckylouie

    After the Nazi era German schools never had uniforms. Not even East Germany.

  8. snarkm

    snarkm said, over 2 years ago

    @JoanHelen

    While in theory school uniforms are a good idea they put an unreasonable strain on low income families. I read an article in the guardian where they say that the average cost for a uniform is about £158 ($250!). Combined with the expenses of back to school material which gets more expensive every year too this is a real strain. This year I paid about €250 ($300) for all the back to school stuff my two children needed, and this means needed, not wanted or fancied. Add that to the price of school uniforms (which thankfully I don’t have to get) and many families could have a real problem. While a uniform may disguise a difference in income between the pupils you can’t forget that the uniforms are an add-on while normal clothes have to be bought no matter what.

  9. Only a sinner saved by grace

    Only a sinner saved by grace said, over 2 years ago

    Good to be homeschooled…

  10. 38lowell

    38lowell said, over 2 years ago

    As kids grow, they;ll need clothes. You either pay for uniforms or mall stuff. Shoes/socks/coats/hats are another matter. What are you there for anyway?
    Uniforms are best because: you can buy them used, hand-me -downs, and fewer choices. the schools won’t have to tell you that you can’t wear “that”! Skirts can only be so high. One too high can be spotted easily-and it’s usually a girls school anyway. Public schools can sometimes put you in a family way, quickly if they’re too high!!
    Boy’s shirts cannot have messages on them, so are not sent home or get beat up. Uniforms are more interchangeable. I don’t believe it costs $250 for a school uniform-maybe three.
    And you can’t outgrow a backpack!

  11. Dani Rice

    Dani Rice GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    I wore uniforms to school until I was in the tenth grade. No way to tell who was rich or poor, and a navy skirt, white blouse, and red sweater can be bought any place and worn anywhere. And I don’t know you got $250! For a pair of Air Jordans, maybe, but not a pair of loafers or saddle shoes.

  12. ncalifgirl58

    ncalifgirl58 said, over 2 years ago

    Showing my age here….I remember being miserable because girls had to wear dresses. I was in 7th grade before they let us wear pants.

  13. georgiiii

    georgiiii said, over 2 years ago

    @ncalifgirl58

    I was in college when the high schools and below started allowing girls to wear pants. It was also perfectly normal and acceptable to come to school in clothes your mother had made (which used to save a bundle of money – not so much any more). But I can see the attraction of uniforms in a school where you can be beaten up or shot for your sneakers. Or just made fun of for thrift store clothes.

  14. lightenup

    lightenup GoComics PRO Member said, over 2 years ago

    Inspect what Holly picked out, Val! It’s probably some skimpy outfit with a rude saying on it (sort of like what rollsroyce said up there)

  15. snakemama

    snakemama said, over 2 years ago

    i never had to wear school uniforms when i was in school, but my private middle school didn’t allow shorts above the knee or sleeves above the elbow. made for interesting gym class when it was 90 degrees and sweltering humidity

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