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Cartoon: The Year In Education Cartoons

A late-night collection of some of the best education-related cartoons of  2010 -- feel free to mention others if I've missed something good.

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These are really funny. Unfortunately, the "Homeschooled Doctor" cartoon not only perpetuates an inaccurate pedagogical stereotype, but the premise of its joke is also false: Homeschoolers only homeschool for the K12 grades, not for the college or graduate school years necessary to be come a doctor. The cartoon presents the idea that homeschooling parents teach their children 'everything they need to know' - even if this were true, it would not be sufficient for medical licensing requirements

If the artist of that cartoon actually looked into research on the reality of styles of 'homeschool' pedagogy (hint, hint: check out John Holt's concept of "unschooling"), s/he would realize that homeschooling can be the envy of any public school teacher who desires to actually educate children without the harmful encumbrances of policy-markers and pointless standardized testing. Pwnd.

thanks for the comment, jason --
i don't think that anyone is going to take the cartoon seriously, and as you'll see the set of them take on pretty much everyone involved in education (parents, teachers, lawmakers, principals) -- no ox goes ungored. i hope you'll allow for a bit of humor evenly spread across the spectrum -- i'm not opposed to homeschooling.

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