6 Ways Cartoons Never Showcase School Life Properly


We all grow up watching cartoons focused on characters going to school. Often times we grow up wishing we could attend those types of schools ourselves. It’s such a shame though those schools are never portrayed properly instead the networks decide to lie to the youth of America. Why networks? What do you have against children? Why can’t you ever portray school life the way people actually live them.

1. No hats are allowed in School

Fairly Oddparents

What Cartoons portray:
A character will live and breath in their beloved hat. Wear it with other costumes? Sure. Shower with it? You bet. Nothing will separate the character from their most treasured article of clothing.

In real life:
First rule they say on the first day of class is “No hats in school.” Followed closely by “No gum chewing in class.” Despite the fact that this is a pretty much national rule found in public schools, cartoons don’t seem to follow it. They prefer to just have one base character outline and if the character has a hat, just leave it on him.

Seen in: Hey Arnold, Ed, Edd, & Eddy, Fairly Oddparents

2. There is no such thing as a permanent record

The simpsons
What Cartoons portray:
Schools have a permanent record on you. This record documents every single solitary punishment, mistake, and juvenile activity you have received or executed in your entire academic career. This permanent record starts when you enter the first grade and will potentially follow you through college and into your adult life. Pray you never get anything entered into your permanent record, for it shall haunt your soul to the very ends of the earth.

In Real Life:
There are no such things as permanent records…at least not to the level schools want you to think there is. Cartoons make you believe Teachers and the School system are going to document every little time you set a toe out of line or are disruptive in class. Sure, some offensives may go into a file for you but for the most part, what really matters is your attendance and your grades (which don’t really hold weight until you get to High School anyways). Do you really think an academic file noting the one time you got caught chewing gum in class is going to be forward onto the colleges you apply to get into? It seems pretty farfetched.

Let’s be honest, if you have any mistakes or transgressions you perpetrated on your classmates or teachers really need to follow through your entire academic career, then you have done something seriously heinous. We are talking burning down a wing of the school levels of class disruptions.

Seen in: Doug, Spongebob Squarepants

3. The Student Council and its President really don’t have much say

What Cartoons portray:
The student council has a stake in everything which happens in the school. They have sway over events, teachers, and even if a character passes or not. Their power is absolute and they will not be thwarted unless the entire school bands together to stop their evil plots.

In Real Life:
Once you have been elected as Student Council President, you will have no real power, control, or say whatsoever in how your school is run. Just won’t happen.

Seen in: Fairly Oddparents, American Dad, Peanuts

4. Student/Teacher interactions are usually frowned upon

What Cartoons portray:
Your teachers are your biggest fans and support network. No matter what time of the day you can call them up or even show up at their house when you have nowhere else to turn. Your teachers will be the most supportive individuals you will ever have in your life.

In Real Life:
Students usually don’t go on adventures with their students outside of field trips and building a friendship with them will be looked on in a negative light. Also, teachers never do home visits.

Seen in: Rocket Power, Recess

5. All your friends are not always in the same class

South Park

What Cartoons portray:
Your friends are with you through thick and thin. You will work on all the same projects together, know all the same people and be able to turn anywhere in the room and be able to find a warm smiling face so someone who cares for you.

In Real Life:
Sadly, the friends you have in elementary won’t be in the same class when you get to Junior. Depending on the school, you may not be in the same class after summer is over.

Seen in: Arthur, South Park

6. Punishments

What Cartoons portray:
Characters write for what looks like hours on a chalkboard about what they did wrong. They are forced into community events as punishment to make up for their mistakes. The level of creativity some characters have been subjected too is limitless depending on what the writers can come up with.

In real life:
Kids just don’t get punished the way they do in cartoons. With as active as most kids are it’s far more torturous just to have them sit in a chair without access to their phone or a computer. Writing words on a chalkboard just becomes close to torture after so long. While we are on the subject, honestly how long has Bart been writing on the chalkboard?

Seen in: The Simpsons, Danny Phantom

Do you agree with this points or not? Leave a comment below and let us know.

By Anthony Wendel

Anthony is a geek through and through who still looks forward to new releases, sneak peaks, Giant Monsters, and robots of all shapes and sizes. He loves animation of all shapes and sizes. He has a distinct apprehension for trolling and clips shows. His books, The Handbook for Surviving A Giant Monster Attack and Santa Claus Conquers Manos: The Hands of Fate are available on Amazon.

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