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Utilizing Educational Cartoons In The School System

Jan 29, 2008
Today's school-aged kids are a "different breed" than we were. When I say "we", I am speaking of your average Woodstock generation baby boomer kid. We, of course, were certain we were the most worldly and knowledgeable generation in history. Today's kids have taught us differently.

Education is not a rapture experience. There are no born-again graduates. It is a process. That is why it is called "the process of education. Learning takes time and learning pragmatic skills takes even more time.

One might be surprised at the origins of education. It comes from the Greek word "educare" which means "to draw out". The ancient Greeks felt that the child already had the seed of knowledge in them, and a good educator simply spent time drawing that knowledge out, rather than pushing it in. Many, but of course not all, of today's educators are ego-driven and have forgotten the real meaning of education and use their teaching platform as a pulpit to share "their knowledge" and show it off. Of course that is a sad reality. Many know better and actually use educare. It's a luck of the draw.

School children can be cynical, question authority, aware of their environment, and more often than not, are on the same stage as the teacher. They do not look at the classroom as some kind of "mystical experience" as our generation did. Sometimes they simply view it as a part of their day, and understand they are going through a process that helps them reach adulthood. Most of us, at least in my circle, hadn't really a clue as to why we were there. I only knew I was there so I could finish, go to college, be an adult, and repeat my parents lives. Those were my parameters dictated to me.

Children today have far more distractions than our generation. They, like us, have shortcuts to knowledge, same as we (adults) do, such as the Internet. So it is not a surprise when the student might have more insight or update on a topic than the teacher.

One thing that kids still have in common that they have had for generations is they enjoy humor, at least most. Many progressive educators are using educational cartoons to "lighten up the learning process" and even major textbook publishers are utilizing such cartoons in their books. They know that kids tend to be more visually than verbally-oriented. A picture draws their attention. A funny picture draws their attention even more.

What has been proven to bond teacher and student is humor, especially in the form of cartoon. It can change a student, and even a teacher's attitude about the learning process. It has a powerful bonding effect as well.

The feedback we are getting at Londons Times Cartoons is very positive from both the school system and the textbook publishers. They often purchase the rights at a very low fee to use cartoons on ever topic from biology to pet care. They tell us it really makes a difference and I believe it.
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Rick London and his team of artists have been creating cartoons in various topics from law to science to animals to medicine for over a decade Londons Times Cartoons School System & Textbook Publishers Using Cartoons To Enhance Learning By Londons Times Cartoons
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