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Sunday, August 17, 2008

Those damned projects

What's Mallard raving about today?

Science projects, Back-to-School.

That's Mallard Fillmore, ladies and gentlemen. Promoting smug superiority from cradle to grave.


Michael said...

So instead of creating a beneficial project or something that takes talent, he trashes those who do? Sounds about right. If he dulled down his skills a bit with years of store-brand alcohol, his bright future could have a certain comic's baton passed to him.

Kaitlyn said...

Wait. What?

Let's rant about "elitism" and how evil higher education is.

Then let's complain about how stupid kids in elementary school are.

And not see a contradiction.

Look, either being smart is bad or it's good.

GeoX said...

Yup. It takes a special kind of smug self-obliviousness for Tinz to accuse people of laziness and mediocrity. Although actually, the latter would be a big step up for Mallard.

exanonymous said...

Ah, yes, it's science to belittle, right?

Naturally, grade-school children should be curing AIDs and building particle accelerators.

Gold-Digging Nanny said...

Hey Mallard, don't you have some elementary school plays to write mean reviews for?

NotannonNotcow said...


MartyRotten said...

Hmmm picking on grade school kids now? Has a certain "overgrown playground bully" mentality to it.

rewinn said...

My son loooooved baking-soda-and-vinegar. Once he learned the secret, we couldn't keep baking soda in the house. Almost ANYTHING can be made into a volcano, and there are plenty of variations on the trick. Messy/fun science can really stimulate excitement in a kid, and if that leads to learning things, what's the problem?

The other point Tinsley completely forgets (on the evidence, he's never had a school-age child) is that science projects are as much about "projects" as they are about "science". The require conceptualizing the desired effect, planning, getting materials, and above all EXECUTING to a schedule!

These are extremely valuable things to practice, no matter where you go in life....except, perhaps, if you become Soviet-style "cartoonist", published only because you have the right ideology. Then, since you don't need to draw much or edit your text, you can just slap any old stuff together.