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Benny & Sid presents Chapter 21 of the serialized graphic novel The Truant Officer featuring the Mysterious Futoko

The Truant Officer #21
By Glen Bledsoe

(Your City, USA) - The battlefields are the schools, and the children are the ones who are to be liberated--not liberated from teachers or from the system of education itself, but from the laziness of ignorance, the slothfulness of expecting someone else to teach them what they should be frantic to learn on their own. Students need to be freed from behaving in such a way as to require the force-feeding of education like some comatose car accident victim brain-dead and on life support with lessons pumped into their stomachs six and a half hours per day, five days per week.

(Next week's chapter brings this gripping drama to its conclusion. Don't miss it!)

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Leonardo (Glen L. Bledsoe), Salem-News.com cartoonist, was born and raised in Indiana. He graduated from Indiana University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Arts and studied at the Art Institute of Chicago for several years. Glen made his home in Oregon in the early 80's where he continues to enjoy the mild climate and lack of sales tax.

He and his wife Karen have published seventeen books together for the school library market. Glen has written extensively on the issues of technology and education for the National Education Association and other Leonardo (Glen L. Bledsoe) publications. When he is not creating this unique cartoon series, Glen is either teaching, writing a novel, composing music, or reading.

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Natalie February 19, 2010 10:45 am (Pacific time)

I'm willing to swallow that, imagining DJ's lovely remark to be a compliment this time, since 'full brain' is the opposite of empty. Phew... lost my thought now. Anyway, Osotan, all I'm saying is shedding blood for revenge doesn't bring that much desired satisfaction. Even if you only defend yourself. That's what my grandpa used to say, and I believe he knew what he was talking about, since he was a sniper during WW2. You chose to state convictions that we do not disagree on. It's the blood-thirsty men's methods of protecting them, that I don't understand. I guess that's in genes.

Daniel Johnson February 19, 2010 2:35 am (Pacific time)

Reminds me of a Far Side of many years ago. Kid sticks his hand up and says: "May I be excused, Mr. Osborne. My brain is full."

Osotan; February 19, 2010 1:34 am (Pacific time)

It shows fine taste in music and we agree on two things.What I am convinced of is that we the people do not need the government.,they need us and have tried to con us into how important it is to follow their mis-managed agendas from wars and weapons to education and taxes.,I'm convinced I can handle my own finances better than they can.,and I have few enemies ready to drop ordinance on me.Have a good day.

Natalie February 18, 2010 10:50 am (Pacific time)

Well, my generation is not very much into that style, let's put it this way, but I actually liked it. LOL

Osotan; February 18, 2010 2:36 am (Pacific time)

Natalie, do you like Leon Russell's version of "Back To The Island"?

Natalie February 17, 2010 11:39 pm (Pacific time)

NCLB was indeed a failure. Who would think we agree on anything...hmmm.

Osotan; February 17, 2010 10:39 pm (Pacific time)

I like Futoko's hang out. Maybe I'm imagining things but is that guy in the corner smoking a bong or playing a saxaphone? And I'm under the impression the "No Child Left Behind" federally mandated school upgrade was a ..,failure?, monumentally close to Mt. Everest's elevation?. I only know what I read.

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