This hits uncomfortably close to home.
remember kids, striving for academic achievement is bad and you should do bad in school or else you’re a mindless robot!
Did you even pay attention? The point of this comic was not to bash “doing good in school, because then you’re a mindless robot”. It was to warn against putting your academic rating above everything else, including your own hobbies.
The 3rd to last panel even reads “I have no interests… and I excelled at every subject just for the purpose of excelling, not learning.”
There is a huge fucking difference between “learning” and “excelling”, so let me give you a basic run down. “Learning” involves critical thinking, and putting your own thoughts and feelings and wants and goals into a particular subject you are passionate about. “Excelling” is when you numb your feelings because a “A” on a piece of paper is more important to you than pursuing your personal goals, or that has become your only personal goal.
People want to “excel” for several reasons. Family, Friends, Expectations, the promise of a good job and a future. People who want to “learn” often face several struggles. The “Great Artists” probably struggle with a failing economy, the one who reads about their interests probably has trouble explaining their views to their family, and the Musicians have a hard time working for their goals. But the fact that they preserver and struggle and work even still is what makes them good learners.
And people who work towards Academic Success are not robots. I am the one who always doodles in class, but I also strive to excel in my other courses. That is because I WANT a higher education, and I know that doing so requires me to have good grades in ALL subjects, not just art.
This comic was not about doing bad in school, this comic was about the difference between getting a “good education” and getting a “work ticket”. If you do extremely well in school that does not mean that you are a slave or a robot or a mindless worker. This comic is instead warning us about the dangers of working the system. When we sacrifice doing what we want to do and hobbies and what we love just for the sake of a letter grade.
The joys of education don’t simply come from doodling in class, and the certainly don’t come from only caring about your grades! Instead, you need to find a healthy balance in your hobbies and your skills. Neither of these things should be places above one another. Focus too much on your hobbies and you might not be able to sustain yourself. Focus too much on excelling in school, and you’ll wind up scared and clueless on what to do once you get out of the school system.
If you’re proud of your grades and your transcripts? GREAT!
If you’re proud of your skills as an artist or a musician or outside endeavors? SUPER!
But don’t try to dismiss the work of people who do well in school and call them “Robots”. Don’t even try.