Cidu Bill on Oct 17th 2017


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16 Responses to “Text”

  1. Folly Oct 17th 2017 at 12:20 am 1

    You ‘TEXT’ without looking at your phone, by looking at your TEXT book.

    I’m not sure what the kids were expecting though. A killer app that lets you text through haptic feedback?

  2. Arthur Oct 17th 2017 at 12:33 am 2

    They were expecting to learn a phone version of touch typing, so
    they could look around and still text. Folly has the teacher’s

  3. Stan Oct 17th 2017 at 02:03 am 3

    I was thinking it was just a ploy by the teacher to get the kids to pay attention. She’s told them about something they’re actually interested in, and now that they’re engaged and ready to learn, she pulls a switcharoo and tells them to get out their textbooks.

  4. Meryl A Oct 17th 2017 at 02:10 am 4

    I agree with Stan.

    On the other hand - Robert keeps telling me that I can use the microphone to send him text messages as I have trouble with the keyboard on the phone. I pointed out that I don’t really want to stand in public and say things like “Going to supermarket - ladies room is closed here.”

  5. James Pollock Oct 17th 2017 at 03:18 am 5

    Schoolchildren are notorious for texting without looking while in class.

    In this case, the teacher is suggesting that she is more aware of it than other teachers.

    Back when I was a teacher, texting wasn’t a big thing (I also taught adults, and had the fundamental assumption that my students were adults, and capable of deciding for themselves if something other than what was happening in class was more important to them. Grades, however, would be determined solely by how well they absorbed what was taught in class.)

    The competing attention draw was high-speed Internet access on the computers in front of them.

    When I was in law school, nearly every student had a laptop. About half were using them for schoolwork, and about half for other things, based on looking over their shoulders at the screens. I generally did NOT take a laptop to school… I’m prone to such wandering attention, and don’t invite opportunities for it to manifest.

  6. Powers Oct 17th 2017 at 09:00 am 6

    So… are they ready to learn how to text without looking? Or are they already so proficient that they’re demonstrating that to the teacher?

  7. Daniel J. Drazen Oct 17th 2017 at 09:13 am 7

    This is a variation on the old studio card: “Sex … now that I have your attention …”

  8. Cidu Bill Oct 17th 2017 at 11:02 am 8

    My son was perfectly capable of texting without looking when he was that age, so I imagine this is part of the teenage skill set.

  9. James Pollock Oct 17th 2017 at 02:19 pm 9

    “are they already so proficient that they’re demonstrating that to the teacher?”

    Note the extremely careful dialogue in panel one. The teacher says “today we’re learning…” not “today I’m teaching…”. That dialogue choice is intentional.

    If there was dialogue in panel 3, it would just be “Busted.” (or maybe “Busted!”)

    Texting in class is just the modern-day technically-assisted equivalent of passing notes, which has been around since the invention of teaching in a classroom.

  10. Mark in Boston Oct 17th 2017 at 08:21 pm 10

    The key phrase is “without looking at your phone.” They are going to spend the class, one hopes, not looking at their phones.

    And let’s hope not touching them either.

  11. Powers Oct 18th 2017 at 09:56 am 11

    James, if the dialogue choice is intentional, perhaps you could explain the intent?

  12. larK Oct 18th 2017 at 10:52 am 12

    I think we’re forgetting that this is Baldo and reading waaay too much into it. There is only (and sometimes less) what is there on the obvious surface: A bait and switch gag, ha, ha! Teens like cell phones. Teens don’t like school. Teens are simple-minded. With these basics, you build this bait and switch gag — ha ha! The word “text” is highlighted because another axiom in Baldo is that the reader is an idiot, and so you need to make sure the reader understands that the teacher is baiting the kids by referring to something they really like to do — and then she switches it on them in the last panel, ha ha ha! It’s Baldo, there is no depth — it’s like a poorer, latter day Nancy without the draftsmanship.

  13. James Pollock Oct 18th 2017 at 01:40 pm 13

    “perhaps you could explain the intent?”

    The panel one dialogue indicates that the teacher is observing present events. The actual dialogue says “I know what you’re all doing, even if you think I don’t” but it does so in a non-accusatory, non-confrontational way.
    Some people (the members of Pink Floyd, for example) have a dim view of educators, particularly those who felt a need to maintain an iron-clad grip on control of the classroom. The children might have been unique individuals when they walked into the classroom, but they’ll walk out in lockstep. Some teachers are actually like that, and pretty much everyone has had an experience of being in such a classroom. Most will recall such an environment as one they didn’t learn much from. (See, e.g., Caulfield and Mrs. Olson in Frazz.)
    So teachers are caught in a Catch-22… to be effective teachers, they need to maintain control of the classroom. To be effective teachers, they absolutely can’t be seen to be trying to maintain control of the classroom.
    (I taught at the vocational-college level. My method involved pointing out that I was not the customer in this situation. My students paid for the opportunity to sit in my classroom. If they wanted to use that seat to play Windows solitaire, I’d try to avoid interrupting them. If they wanted to use the seat they’d paid for to learn valuable job skills and knowledge, well, I was there to help with that. Usually worked.)

  14. Mark M Oct 18th 2017 at 02:01 pm 14

    Wow I thought this was pretty simple and explained in @3 and @7.

  15. Brian in STL Oct 24th 2017 at 07:16 pm 15

    When I was in high school, no class ever had us “open our textbooks to page . . . .” We were supposed to have read the assigned material, and teacher would talk about it. Some kids, especially those who hadn’t, might open the book to the relevant chapter on their own.

  16. James Pollock Oct 24th 2017 at 08:20 pm 16

    “When I was in high school, no class ever had us ‘open our textbooks to page . . . .’”

    Sometimes the textbook has a really good diagram, or a chart or table that is meaningful.

    Today, the teacher’s version of the textbook includes all the photos, charts, and illustrations in digital PowerPoint clipart form, so the teacher will probably have it projected on a screen rather than look at the book. But back in olden times…

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