In case you’re not sure what the reference to “Starfire’s redesigned costume” is in panel 2, Starfire is a character from the television series Teen Titans! The costume Chapel’s wearing is Starfire’s costume from the TV show version. I never watched Teen Titans, but I have friends who really looked up to Starfire and thought she was a great role model. Unfortunately, this year, Starfire was brought back as a character but with a skimpy costume and inappropriate backstory. It’s really sad to me to have good role models turned into something so different, which is why Chapel comments in Panel 2.
I really like the moral in this strip that “you are your own greatest hero.” You don’t have to try and mold yourself into other superheroes or role models in your life – although it is good to try and learn from your elders – but you should always remember that just by being yourself, you’re already a superhero!
Anyway, what do you guys think about this strip? Do you have any role models from childhood, like Starfire, that were later changed into something you didn’t look up to any more? Do you agree with Chapel that she’s “the only superhero she needs to be”? Let me know below!
(Sorry people had to do that)
the kids have it way too easy compaired to what i had to go though.
I know they are working hard, and i praise them when they do. Miss Emma EARNS my respect for her good work. Not many people EARN my respect Mrs Liz Brobane.
Let me enlighten you a bit Mrs Liz Brobane. I NEVER had it easy when i was young. My family was dead broke when they moved into my home town, and i grew up in the lower middle class. When i was a tween, i was doing lawn work for my neighbors to earn pocket change and i was doing part time jobs after school though my high school days. my parents couldn't give me allowance, so i earned money for myself.
I maybe much older now, but i can look back at what i was and knew when i left high school and i compare it to the kids coming out of High school today. way to many of them are unfit to be hired even by me in my company i run. more and more of them are not being raised to become adjusted to handle the pressures of real life.
I want the best for all of the kids in here. I want them to grow up to be strong of character, mind, and work eithic. Many of them are showing that as i read their posts over time. The truth i see it is that i am not holding them back, nor can any one but themselves.
So please Mrs Liz Brobane, do not make assumptions of me and my intentions. you could very well be wrong.
I'm sorry if i sounded grumpy earlier. I am going on my 3rd year with out having a summer vacation (or ANY vacation for that matter), so i am a bit jealous of all you young kids having so much free time this summer. I have to work. ><
I would however like to point out that, while I respect you and your position and the experience you base it on, more school isn't exactly a solution, but neither is less or even the same.
The biggest problem with education is that every person is different and in order to get people to actually learn you essentially need to get them to enjoy it. Not to say that teachers should be entertainers, but, if you try to force someone to learn, it takes a lot more effort to get them to understand even the most basic concepts than if they wanted to learn it themselves.
Getting a single person to enjoy learning in a one-on-one situation is hard enough, let alone the 30-40 students teachers are generally asked to deal with.
You can find plenty of articles on the internet about a guy and his website called khan academy (khanacademy (dot) org). Look at the teachers using it in the classroom as a supplement to their teaching. Many of them are not using more time and yet they have students in elementary school beginning to master elements of calculus.
Maybe you can already tell from my arguments and perhaps some of the examples I bring up, but I will be the first to admit that I do not have vast experience to back my opinions up. I speak mostly of what I have seen of the american school system in california during my 12 years in school here ( yeah I just graduated from high school :) ) and what little bit I have read of other school systems. I can, however, say that, from what I can tell and from what I HAVE seen of this school system and others, the school systems are as near as I can tell fundamentally flawed and I don’t really see a way to fix it. More time might help and students would certainly learn more, but I don’t think that it is the core of the issue nor do I think that it is the best solution to the problem. I think it is sort of like attempting to cure the symptoms as opposed to treating the disease, but sometimes that is all you can do.
I prefure the government to remove itself from the education system it self and let the free market do the job. pound for pound, privet schools perform a better job than public schools do.
I also look at the bottom line in how the U.S.A. rates with the other top 10 nations of the world. we are dropping in those ratings hard. we should look at what those other nations are doing right in teaching their kids and emulate it.
I have look at Japan's education system and i think we and see that they make the kids stay in classes longer and the results of the extra work speak for them selves. well, that and they really do get the parents involved in the children's education. that is also something we need as well.
i know there isn't a silver bullet for this problem, but any other options could well be better than what we have today.
If we want to emulate other countries that have a better working education system, then perhaps we should look to countries like japan. I would like to point out that at least to my knowledge they generally assign less homework in japan. Which is perhaps a counter-balance to the extra hours in school.
We clearly both agree on at least some issues here and the differences are something to discuss another time and place. This does happen to be the comment section of Emma's webcomic and is not exactly a public forum for the discussion of any topic we happen to fancy.
As a teacher and librarian I think we need to carefully analyze and research what works and doesn't work and what the results are beyond the test scores for the different systems out there. For the record, I am a fan of year round schooling. Had it for a bit as a kid and I forgot less, but still had the same number of days off as anyone else, they were just spread out.
Year round schooling certainly has it's appeals although I think that, from the position of being a student who would then go through the system, I would most prefer shorter school days and less homework, but fewer days off that are more evenly distributed.
I know that it certainly would have been nice to have had a break between the couple days off we had in february and spring break even if it meant sacrificing another week of summer.
i do agree with you about year around schooling. the concept of "summer vacation" is an antiquated left over when kids got out of school they headed back to the family farm and help growing the crops and such. we don't do that any more and as such don't need the block chunk of time off.
DOWNTON ABBEY POSTER SIGHTING!
Who here can't wait for Season 3?
I had a funny thought. Can anyone imagine Chapel as Sybil (with different hair?)
*high fives while playing quiddotch trying to be Ginny*
*falls off of broom lamely*
Haha, seriously, awesome! Chapel's SO CUTE :3