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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

My interpretation of Family Circus

In last Sunday's family circus America's favorite prankster, little Billy, took hold of the pencil in an attempt to entertain us all with his ill-handled grasp of the English language.
In a series of misunderstandings Billy highlights the understated shortcomings of the standardized American education system.
An example:
Billy writes that his definition of the word winner is and, I quote directly, "comes after Autumn". 
While the misconception might be amusing, any laughter at this young man's antics directly undercuts the seriousness of the case in point.
In terms of intelligence, America is falling behind.
This is undoubtely the motivation behind Bil Keane's submission of the cartoon.
I'm certain that Mr. Keane fully realizes his position where he is given open access to the hearts and minds of the American public.
And what does the man choose to do with his level of esteem?
Does he use it to post drivel, to drive pap?
No. The man takes a stand. 
He gets on his overarching pulpit and shouts to the national masses that Americans are being shortchanged.
The tax dollars spent on public education are going to waste.
Our children aren't learning the basic foundations of the english language. 
They are missing out on the building blocks of logic and are thusly being thrust into an accelerated work force ill-equipped and under-prepared. 
But what can be done?
I'm not one for solutions. I'm just a man of keen insight and deep understanding of cartoons. 
I can only hope that in Mr. Keanes following submission he gives immediate answer to this pressing question.

2 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK Grant, I have to ask: deliberate, ironic dropping of the caps in English? Or typo?

October 7, 2008 at 10:12 PM  
Blogger G. R. Smith said...

Deliberate, yes. Ironic, no. Think affability outside of grammatical rigidity.

October 8, 2008 at 8:33 AM  

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