July 16th, 2011

Snarky Candiru2

Sunday, 17 July 2011

Today's strip is a rather depressing reminder that Lynn used to be able to write credible stories about littering once; contrasting this to the conserving water strip reminds us of how far Lynn fell.

(Strip Number 6085, Original Publication Date, 18 July 1982)

Panel 1: As our story continues, we find Mike and Liz enjoying a pleasant summer day at a nearby lake; too bad that the fun they're having splashing each other will soon turn into a date with a tetanus shot for one of them.

Panel 2: That 'someone' is Lizzie who, having stepped on something she shouldn't have, says 'Uh....Ow, Michael."

Panel 3: Mike yells for Elly to come over quick because Lizzie's cut herself.

Panel 4: Elly surveys the damage, notices that the cut is pretty deep and says that she'll need to have a bandage put on.

Panel 5: Having fished the object she stepped on out of the water, Mike tells Elly that Lizzie is crying because she stepped on a broken bottle.

Panel 6: Elly tells him that loads of people treat the lakes like garbage dumps and just chuck junk like that in them.

Panel 7: Mike asks why this is; he then wonders if they think it vanishes on its own or that it won't hurt someone down the line or if, well, it's a really smart thing to do.

Panel 8: As Elly gets ready to take Lizzie to the outpatients, she tells Mike that they don't think at all.

Summary: Sure, the moralizing is heavy-handed and the dialogue is stilted but the logic is still sound; the Pattersons' fun day at the lake was cut short by someone else's thoughtlessness and, well, the K-words she'll get this week are reasonably well-earned.
* Merrie

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I just watched a documentary, Waiting for Superman, a film about the American school system. A system where good teachers can't get a raise due to performance and shitty teachers can't be fired even if they sit around and read the newspaper all class.

And it made me realize that, back in Mtig, Liz was a good teacher. Small class size, gave the students individual attention, made the classwork interesting and did things to encourage them to learn even outside of school hours -- and she reached out to a child who was falling behind.

Going through the archives, only Miss Edwards, Mrs. Lowe, and Elizabeth were teachers who approached a student as an individual for reasons other than discipline. She made a distinct effort to hold the interest of the children, make them want to learn.

Sure, she had her flaws, but any teacher needs to learn from their students, especially just starting out. Liz should have stayed there; she'd be better off in so many respects.