Cartoons: School Zone

The topics of school cartoons have changed over the decades, but facts haven’t: school is still (painfully) funny!

Boy blushes behind mother in classroom

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Students in class talking quietly to one another, remarking on the huge apple resting on the teacher's desk.
“That new kid must be from California.”
January 6, 1940



Boy paints a sour apple red to make it seem like a Washington apple, brings it to a smiling teacher in class.
Rodney DeSarro
January 6, 1945



Girl in school library reads book with glasses on, scowling when women are seated next to her. They leave, male student takes their seat. Girl removes glasses.
January 6, 1945
Jon Cornin (Corka)



A flushed boy hides behind his mother while she is speaking to his teacher in class.
“… and I hope the paper situation eases soon so you can resume issuing grade cards to the children again.”
Scott Brown
December 22, 1945



Boy with glasses answers his teacher in class.
“My glasses are straight; it’s my ears that are crooked.”
January 4, 1947



Student standing in class to give an answer, his classmates are whispering him the answer. Teacher speaks to the befuddled student.
“Take your time, Zollnick. I realize it’s difficult to hear with so many prompting.”
Gardner Rea
December 31, 1949



Two students talk as they walk home from school.
“First they tell you you’re guaranteed privacy under the Constitution, and then they send a report card to your parents.”
Chon Day
March 1, 1993



A student talks to his teacher at his desk.
“A spelling test? Surely they have software for that sort of thing!”
June 1, 2003



A teacher walks her student to the principal's office.
“No, you do not need a lawyer.”
James Estes
January 1, 2004



A principal speaks to a student in detention hall.
“I’m just a principal — I don’t need to read you your rights.”
Tim Lachowski
November 1, 2010


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  1. Frank,
    I agree with you.
    I know many teachers. It is not speculation that our children do not know many of the answers. When it comes to American history, they miss most of the answers. This once great nation we call USA, moved the world forward, faster than any before it and is being forgotten because we are no longer living by our traditional values and morals. We are not teaching them to the next generation. We do not expect or demand greatness from ourselves anymore. We spend much of our time simply entertaining ourselves (smartphones and Facebook) while the world now passes us by. Our founding fathers warned that we would lose our Republic from within, from our success leading us to be so comfortable that we forgo our responsibilities to scrutinize those we send to Washington to represent us. Each generation knows less and less as to how we are to hold our politicians accountable for the actions they take that are supposed to be on our behalf. How else could such poor performance lead to life long careers in government. It is so disappointing.

  2. Thought Zollnick’s virtual deafening from the many prompts was clever.
    In modern schools, I’m told the prompting has plummeted.
    Fewer appear to know the answers.


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