2011-2012 school year: democratic donkeys

You might remember that this is a senior class… and this might not seem like something a 17 or 18 year old would say. You’d be right- this is something that happened with another class at another time. I thought this was kind of a good time to trot it out.

4 Responses to “2011-2012 school year: democratic donkeys”

  1. but there’s a donkey in shrek, so it must be make believe!

  2. less to do with democrats than shrek, probably… 😉

    • well, he did mention ogres and dragons, which are a donkey’s best friend and wife respectively in the movies.

      • Christopher Pearce Says:

        Thanks for commenting guys. There were a couple of things I wanted to say about this comic, but didn’t feel 100% with mentioning in the body of the post. Real quick:

        – Yeah, I think Shrek was the through-line to this conversation.

        – I hope people read this and realize… although it IS silly for a high schooler not to recognize that donkeys are real animals… on some level, I get it. I work in an inner city school. There are no donkeys around here. The only time this student would have heard of one outside of Shrek… I’m not sure. Possibly the story of the birth of Jesus?

        My point is, this is a frame of reference problem. Back when the SATs had analogy questions, there were lots of instances where something like this would be on there-

        CAR: LIMO as BOAT: ____________

        …and the choices would be like, yacht, schooner, or whatever. For a kid growing up in Detroit? God damn, they’ve never seen a schooner before. They may have never even seen a boat in real life! What is that question really telling educators about what knowledge that kid has?

        …at any rate. This might be the longest comment I’ve ever made, but I thought it was worth making 🙂

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