Sarcastic Crapitude Test

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“Yeah, some kind of school shit, I dunno. Well, gotta go, Pete and I are rolling out a new character today…Disinterested Dad, the father who’s real blase and half-assed about parenting. It’s partially based on real life!”

I get the feeling that “I passed the test!” is something Skyler will say less and less as he ages. Call it a hunch. How much more mileage is BatYak going to get out of “no child left behind”? He’s been milking that one for years now. It’s unfortunate that The Syndicate doesn’t have a “does anyone actually read this re-assessment test”, because if they did FW’s run would have ended in 1989 or so.


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16 responses to “Sarcastic Crapitude Test

  1. Batiuk must toil and sweat over this stuff to make it this boring.

  2. spacemanspiff85

    If I ever had any doubt that nobody reads this crap after it’s written down, not even Batiuk, a punchline involving testing kids’ behinds is definitive proof.

    • Epicus Doomus

      Yeah, I kind of let that one slide but it’s a remarkably…uh…clumsy turn of phrase, let’s say.

      • spacemanspiff85

        I’m sure the reason behind it is just that Batiuk thinks switching word order around is intrinsically hilarious. I mean that’s the only reason Crankshaft exists.

  3. billytheskink

    How is it that an 18 year old piece of legislation is the most recent thing TB has referenced in years (beating the Lone Ranger by decades)? Does this portend a new direction for the strip? Maybe Cindy’s next documentary be about the Taco Bell dog.

    • Epicus Doomus

      I guarantee that he’s used some variation of “no child left behind” at least ten times already, if not more. In fact it was practically a meme around here way back when.

  4. Paul Jones

    What most irks me is not the bad wordplay. What bothers me is the baffled reaction to same. Always and ever, someone exposed to a muddled aphorism never rolls her eyes in frustration like she should, Pmmmmmm. That someone is always surprised by the Dad Humor because her tiny woman brain cannot handle it.

  5. comicbookharriet

    Early assessment of the child’s smug levels are adequate, his parents obviously passed on the necessary genes. He can continue to reside in the Westview Smug Safe Zone.

  6. Gerard Plourde

    What is this “early assessment stuff” that Darin’s talking about? Is it something his pediatrician suggested because Skyler is exhibiting some lag in his development? (I’m positive that this isn’t what TomBa intended but it sure would fit with the lackadaisical parenting Skyler’s received so far in life).

    Given Skyler’s apparent age, he’s not old enough to be getting any standardized academic testing which usually begins around 3rd grade. And no one talks about “passing” an assessment tool anyway. Pennsylvania, for example, does have a non mandatory assessment tool for Kindergarten. Here’s the official description of it from the state’s Department of Education – “The Kindergarten Entry Inventory is not a test. Children do not sit down and “take” the Kindergarten Entry Inventory. Teachers determine children’s skills through observation of children in the classroom and input from families and other specialists.” So TomBa’s lack of thought and disdain for research is again evident.

    And, as has already been noted, he’s almost two decades behind if his target is George W. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” initiative.

  7. Miskatonic Sophomore

    A child’s simple joy and a mother’s happy affection, instantly smothered by bitterness, cynicism, and a lame dud of of a badly outdated joke. It’s like concentrated essence of Funky Winkerbean.

  8. bobanero

    I guess some cartoonists WERE left behind.

  9. Professor Fate

    My reading here is that Skyler has already realized that the love of his parents is highly transactional in nature and needs to be earned by him. Hence his sad urgency in touting that he passed the test. He’s saying “See mommy I did well! Please love me.” Boy Lisa’s indifferent response to the question “what test’ highlights his disengagement from his son’s life which here simply exacerbates the effect the absence of his mother is having on young Skyler. If this keeps up (and I don’t see it changing) Skyler will grow up to be a deeply wounded person, emotionally crippled, unable to trust or reach out to other people. If he’s lucky Montoni’s will be hiring and he’ll live out his sad and unfulfilled existence taking orders from a Winkerbean and living in the upstairs apartment while his divorced parents wonder why he never visits either of them.
    At least that’s were I see this going. It’s the romantic in me.

  10. So they tested his “behind”? More like early ass-sessment, amirite?