We made a trip to Madison, WI, over the weekend to take our college daughter some stuff for her apartment. On Sunday, we happened to purchase a copy of the Wisconsin State Journal and Cindy made the following observations about the way teachers were portrayed while reading the comics section during the drive home.
“Back to school” apeared to be a theme of many of the offerings.
a) “Frazz” shows a teacher complaining that the start of school is tough because the students forget so much over the summer. A student is shown talking to the custodian and asks if that is why he turns the pictures of the presidents upside down in their frames and the custodian replies that last year the teacher did not notice until November.
b) “Real life” shows a woman talking with an unpictured individual. The unseen individual says that the start of school is tough because he/she is laughed at and picked on. In the next frame, the unseen individual is shown as a man sitting in a chair holding his head and the woman says – “I told you not to become a teacher.”
c) “Hi and Lois” address why they call it labor day. It turns out that Labor Day began in 1882 when the Knights of Labor held a parade in New York. Chip (the adolescent) thought it should serve as a day of mourning by the suffering students about to be condemned to ten months of academic servitude.
d) “Luann” offers a poem:
I learned a lot this summer
like how to wax the car
how to jump the battery
and how to change a tire
But now my summer’s over
and school’s about tp start
It’s time to study calculus,geography and art.
So what will serve me better
when life is hard and cruel …
This things I learned this summer nor the stuff I learn in school.
Welcome back teachers and future teachers.