Since Michael has no idea what to do with the consistent attention and discipline
Mrs Hardacre exerts on him, he wants to change his name to deflect what he sees as being her singling him out for special mistreatment because she hates him.
(Strip Number 4057, Original Publication Date, 1 September 1981)Panel 1:
We start off where we left off yesterday as Mrs Hardacre calls Darryl Smythe, Lawrence Poirier and Michael Patterson by their names as a means of getting their attention.Panel 2:
What she's trying to get them to pay attention to is that Recess is over and that the rest of the class is waiting for them to grace the room with their presence.Panel 3:
Having noticed that the dentist's kid is especially mopey and still dawdling, she says "In my class, we are on time. Do you hear me, Michael Patterson?"Panel 4:
As he walks by with his eyes bugged out in the Bug-Eyed Glare of Existential Horror™, he thought-bubbles that he wants to change his name.Summary:
The part of me that remembers being seven remembers feeling as if a particular teacher hated me like fire and lived to inflict pain and suffering because she was just plain mean and just plain hated children; the forty-five year old man who's typing this knows that said "meanie" was simply trying to keep order and settle down a fricking little prima donna who thought he knew a lot more than he actually did and get him to remember his times tables and write longhand that people could actually read without wondering "Did anyone bother teaching this goof?" To summarize my summary, I can see both sides of the story and sympathize with all parties involved.