Stone Soup by Jan Eliot

Stone Soup

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  1. Magnolia42

    Magnolia42 said, over 3 years ago

    The topic is not the important thing here; it’s having done the paper. Just like children reading – it’s not important what they read, but that they learn how to read and enjoy it.

  2. Tue Elung-Jensen

    Tue Elung-Jensen said, over 3 years ago

    Certainly would like to know what was read – if she compared them to bands of the ages consisting of all males, and saying they were boy bands (as yesterdays conversation here :p), or actually mentioned boy bands being a concept group with specific characters going being a certain “type” of guy to reach the entire demographic.

  3. jeffc42

    jeffc42 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    Yet, she still didn’t do the research, but had someone do it for her. How is this learning? Doing the research is the point of writing the paper.

  4. William Bednar

    William Bednar GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    The one thing Holly is learning is how to “cheat”. She’s learning THAT skill really well!

  5. Macushlalondra

    Macushlalondra said, over 3 years ago

    If she couldn’t write a paper about something she’s interested in how will she do when she’s assigned a topic she’s not interested in?

  6. georgiiii

    georgiiii said, over 3 years ago

    Whoa – Holly is in junior high school. Every kid I ever knew needed at least some help on the first one. Since this teacher didn’t do it in baby steps, it’s perfectly okay for her get help at home. As long as she learned something from the experience.

  7. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 3 years ago

    My public school was not too rigorous with papers, especially in middle school.

  8. dblbaraje

    dblbaraje said, over 3 years ago

    Back in the dark ages, we had book reports, etc but never ten page term papers until high school. I have supported myself my whlole life now, so I think I turned out somewhat responsible.

  9. iced tea

    iced tea said, over 3 years ago

    Carnegie Mellon University in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh,PA now offers a course: the complete history of the Beatles: their music and all. So imagine the papers students have to do who take this course.

  10. IwannaReadTheFunnyPapers

    IwannaReadTheFunnyPapers said, over 3 years ago

    It sounds to me like Aunt Joan would have to know how to find information in order to show Holly how she could do it herself. That’s not cheating, that’s teaching. Hooray Aunt Joan!!!!

  11. snakemama

    snakemama said, over 3 years ago

    mom doesn’t look impressed by the topic of learning

  12. rgcviper the black cat

    rgcviper the black cat said, over 3 years ago

    Max certainly seems excited that the paper is ready to go.

    No, wait—he’s just excited to go outside. My bad.

  13. segullah

    segullah said, over 3 years ago


    “Helped” is not the same as “doing”. I helped my kids with their homework by asking them questions. If they didn’t know or only knew wikipedia type resources I could point them to scholarly search engines.
    If you don’t know something exists then you can’t use them. It is perfectly ok to be told WHERE to find information and then it would be up to Holly to decide what information was important to her paper…which Joan would have helped her by asking her guiding questions to clarify and narrow down her subject.
    I’m sorry that so many people here did not have the opportunity to have a mentor to help them expand their neophyte writing/research skills. It is a learned skill for most people so, get off Holly’s case! She just needs more guidance than obviously you did in middle school.

  14. comicsssfan

    comicsssfan said, over 3 years ago

    They expected the parents to teach their kids, and the parents were ok with that. For example, we never had to read a book for any class. The most was a short story in class once. But they were however, very passionate about sports. When I read here people had reading lists over the summer along with book reports I feel I missed out. Anyone who only depended on the school homework to prepare them for college later flunked out of a state school and had to go to an easier private school. You had to know to study a lot of extra material on your own.

  15. rowena28

    rowena28 GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    I don’t understand why she hasn’t been grounded until she is 18 for cheating.

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