Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson for April 02, 2012

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    King_Shark  almost 11 years ago

    Looking back from today’s perspective, it wouldn’t have made a difference anyway. As a slacker, he probably would have avoided paying off student loans, so he’d actually be ahead of the game a bit.

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    rogue53  almost 11 years ago

    Personal responsibility for success? Forget it.

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    mcizzle527  almost 11 years ago

    What every college kid is thinking today

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    el8  almost 11 years ago

    are there diplomas in those eggs?

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    dunner99rok  almost 11 years ago

    The Asian response to the teacher in panel 3 would be “Yes, teacher, you’re absolutely right and I will work harder, bringing honor to my family.” And then they would actually do that. Asia drinks America’s milkshake (if you know the allusion).

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    Yontrop  almost 11 years ago

    It’s not general complacency that brings down “powerful cultures”, so much as over-reaching military adventurism. There will always be individuals with initiative and willingness to work will find a way to replace the complacent. What those with initiative do after they elbow their way to the top makes all the difference. (Of course dumbing down the school system doesn’t help either, but this cartoon is from before the Regan years, I think.)

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    bluram  almost 11 years ago

    Work harder! Forget it. I’ll just let Uncle Sam take care of me.

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    rshive  almost 11 years ago

    Always a catch, isn’t there Calvin?

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    GROG Premium Member almost 11 years ago

    Work is just another 4-letter word to Calvin. In Strickllands words Calvin will always be a slacker.

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    JGordonFan24  almost 11 years ago

    It ain’t easy being ahead of your time.

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    Oddname  almost 11 years ago

    A true politician: Fighting for the rights of the people, even more so for his own rights, and least of all for the responsibility, humility, and the love of actually doing something. Vanity demands. Humility gives. Calvin is forgiven though. An even truer politician wouldn’t get past the second box; he has the right to never admit defeat. Vanity, thy name is (wo)man!

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    Red_Fez  almost 11 years ago

    Yes Calvin, self reliance is too much work… it’s much better to rely on Hope & Change.

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    brick10  almost 11 years ago

    ‘Aye, there’s the rub!"

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    kd2478  almost 11 years ago

    Quoting Frederic Bastiat "Now, labor being in itself a pain, and man being naturally inclined to avoid pain, it follows, and history proves it, that wherever plunder is less burdensome than labor, it prevails…..When does plunder cease, then? When it becomes more burdensome and more dangerous than labor. "

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    witewater  almost 11 years ago

    No Calvin, you will NOT get the skills that you need for 21st Century Jobs, but, thanks to politicians’ unending needs to quantify everything, we WILL teach you how to take standardized tests.

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    zoidknight  almost 11 years ago

    Nowadays, they would diagnose you as ADD and ADHD and drug you until you were as dumb as the rest of the class.

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    neatslob Premium Member almost 11 years ago

    Boy do I know that feeling! I was completely unprepared for the amount of work in college because I never had to do it before then.

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    Larhof52  almost 11 years ago

    The way it is in too many public schools today, the teacher’s response would be, “Don’t worry about learning anything, just feel good about yourself while I indoctrinate you”. I see the results of this in the workplace every day. High school grads that can’t keep a job because they don’t have basic skills that I had in 6th grade.

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    rshive  almost 11 years ago

    I sympathize, having been in somewhat the same situation. But not in literature-related subjects, because those were things I never developed a taste for independently. Took me a long time to learn how to read literature with the same eyes as those who are more used to it. And as you say when one hits college, one is not used to working to “get” stuff. It’s hard to turn that particular switch on without practice.

    As for ability grouping, you have to remember that those at the very top are by definition a small percentage. That translates into significant numbers (necessary for a class) only in large school situations. Most other times, the high-level student will be left to his/her own devices.

    We are relatively young as a nation. And from formation, our prevailing ethos has been to do things locally. This is unfortunately not conducive towards isolating and educating high-level talent. But there are other things that it does very well instead. There’s a price for everything, it seems.

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    Phapada  almost 11 years ago

    maybe have a good job…

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    astar15  almost 11 years ago

    Well Calvin, you got your answer… what now?

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    MysteryCat  almost 11 years ago

    Glad to see you were able to post those beautiful eggs again.

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    denny43 Premium Member almost 11 years ago

    Watterson was WAY ahead of his time! Amazing how relevant this cartoon is to what’s happening in the world today…

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    denny43 Premium Member almost 11 years ago

    Excellent point…

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    Puddleglum2  almost 11 years ago

    “Work, for the night is coming!”

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    Number Three  almost 11 years ago

    Awwwwwwww. How cute.

    LOL xxx

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    Vista Bill Raley and Comet™  almost 11 years ago

    Beautiful, margueritem!

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    tenthreeleader  almost 11 years ago

    God, I miss this strip.

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    tuslog64  almost 11 years ago

    It is unfortunate that in the real world, being in right place at the right time counts for more than anything else. Noted that in the Army when the man that BOTTOMED the electronics course made E-4 fourteen months bvefore the one that TOPPED it. (Both enlisted same day!)

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    ratlum  almost 11 years ago

    A lot of people thought that way,unfortunately

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    ratlum  almost 11 years ago

    I was talking about Calvins out look.

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    Gretchen's Mom  almost 11 years ago

    Gimme . . . gimme . . . gimme . . . !!!

    I want . . . I want . . . I want . . . !!!

    What? I have to actually work for it?!?!?

    Oh, well. Never mind then.

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    vwdualnomand  almost 11 years ago

    what if the school is under-performing? as much as those kids put in to that school, they will get out skills that are under-performing. because, GOP says that teachers costs too much, and fox news says that we should cut their benefits, pay, equipment, books, and rights.

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    tmick2001  almost 11 years ago

    Did you decorate those? Awesome!!

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    Popeyesforearm  almost 11 years ago

    Calvin the Ditchdigger

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    Wiseguy411  almost 11 years ago

    His lack of education is more than compensated for by his keenly developed moral bankruptcy … Woody Allen

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    hazardboy  almost 11 years ago

    Been there done that——same result

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    bmonk  almost 11 years ago

    Yep, poor Calvin. He’s got to exert himself to get a good result—so it’s not worth it.

    On the other hand, if someone would just get him interested in something he finds exciting (dinosaurs comes to mind), then no amount of effort is too much.

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    finnygirl Premium Member almost 11 years ago

    Ooooo….so pretty! Thank you!

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    tnazar  almost 11 years ago

    Calvin is a kid in a comic strip – sheesh.

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    Shikamoo Premium Member almost 11 years ago

    Thank you for these gorgeous eggs Marg!

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    Shikamoo Premium Member almost 11 years ago

    Too true. All countries which become successful start by having high standards and hard work. Then they get soft, like North America today.

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    Shikamoo Premium Member almost 11 years ago

    Many school systems fail their students. most, in fact.

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    fmasroor  almost 11 years ago

    I always see this in other people.

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    rickray777  almost 11 years ago

    Calvin’s Report on the planet Mercury — a second try:“The only reason that Mercury seems to be so barren is because the Mercurians put up special effects to make it LOOK that way, whenever they get word that a spacecraft from Earth is going to visit them. The End.”Miss Wormwood: “Calvin, see me after class, please.”“WELL, I TRIED!!!”

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