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Saturday, June 12, 2010

That damned Standard

What's Mallard raving about today?

Education Standards.

Richly ironic for a talentless duck, with serious math deficiency, who collects a paycheck for whatever he scribbles because of a perceived need for "balance."


Faster, Harder, More Challenging GeoX said...

Yeah, it's a bit rich for someone as dumb as Tinsley to be complaining about other people being poorly educated. Mote, beam, eye, Bruce.

Tog said...

The sad thing is, it's not difficult to understand where Batshit's coming from. "Social promotion" and dumbing down of educational standards are a serious concern among serious people.

But Batshit's so incapable of expressing himself articulately that all he can do is screech, "SELF ESTEEM?!? POOPY PANTS!! HAW HAW!!"

...And once again ignore the important issues of which he once claimed to be the great truth-to-power-speaker. One gets more politcal satire from "Henry" these days.

WV: FLUBCA! The sound of Mallard drowning in his own flop sweat.

exanonymous said...


Social promotion is only done below the 8th grade, not closer to graduation.

And graduation ceremonies don't "speed up." Most graduates across the nation get their name called and a handshake. And if he's talking about the timeline of the K-12 education, the only people across the nation who "speed up" are the smart ones who skip grades and do high school in 3 years, as graduating "on time" is not "speeding up". 13 > or < 13? I think not.

Iron Dragon said...

Most people here have already made the key points. I just want to know what exactly Tinsley would suggest, or for that matter how he would do it without spending craploads of money and/or risking leaving an entire generation bereft of necessary education.

Kip W said...

They were doing 'social promotion' when I was in school, back in the 60s. Only now it's a scandal.

Hmmm. "Kids today are stupid, lazy, and have bad attitudes!" I guess he's trying to cultivate the next generation of readers for Sucky Duck.

NickE said...

It's so much better to raise standards but not fund a way to reach them.

rewinn said...

Cheery news from Everett, Washington State, my hometown and the 747’s: They found a way to raise its high school graduation rate that doesn't involve big big money, killing unions, giving taxpayer money to charter schools, jingoistic attacks on laxity, or cutting academic standards; they just applied basic management skills to the project of earning a high school education:

1. Close tracking of each’s student progress toward the goal.

2. If you’re not on track (flunking a course or missing too many classes) a staffer finds you by any means necessary, (e.g. tracking down truants via Facebook) and works out a plan to get back on track (pretty much the same way my gym gets me to re-up every year...)

3. If a lot of people fail a particular course, take a look at it. (“One of the classes that 30 percent of students failed was a former graduation requirement called Infotech, a technology-skills class. The problem was that many students knew the material before they started. "They were just so bored silly by the class that they weren't coming”)

4. If you don’t graduate in your fourth year, you’re automatically signed up for the next year.

5. There's more ideas like that but ... did I mention they didn't cut standards? In fact, they added a third year of math to the graduation requirements!

Read About it here!

It may be true that the world sucks. We may be stuck in an unending spiral of degredation, endlessly falling from the Golden Era that was our childhood. Or maybe before that - back in the days of Athens or Lemuria or Atlantis. Back when we were brave, freespirited loin-cloth clad barbarians unworried about pollution, education, government, or living long enough to sneer at our grandchildren.

But sometimes, despite all that, things go in the opposite direction. Congratulations Everett: sometimes, being smart works!

Tog said...

"But, butbutbut, that's SOCIALISM!! (Somehow.) YOU NAZI!"
--Tony Teabagger

Ducky is Right said...

No point, just bitching.

Ducky is Right said...

Know what? Every time Ducks bitches about how dumb kids are, I want to send him an email:
"Did you know that..... 4 out of 5 high school graduates......
can't use ellipses right?"
but I know he won't get it.

Kip W said...

I realize I'm commenting on Sunday's strip in Saturday's post, but since Tin's basically been handing in the same strip again, I figure it's okay for me to just say "ibid" for my previous comment. Stay tuned tomorrow for Op Cit!

Rootbeer said...

Graduation ceremonies would be sped up by issuing FEWER diplomas, not more, you bozo.