This Week’s Cartoon: “The Schools of 2020″

There was a brief moment last week, I think, when people were talking about public schools and the Wisconsin recalls. But that’s all kind of a hazy memory now. The news about bin Laden broke as I was past the point of no return, deadline-wise. I mean, I could have whipped out a totally badass eagle about to rip Osama to shreds, but that’s not how we roll at the House of  Slowpoke. Through sheer coincidence, however, I did manage to draw a military-type guy shooting a kid in the head. Not the best timing. Sorry about that.


  • Steve Fisher

    Jen –

    It’s been my experience that crystal balls are usually in the shop for maintenance when they’re most needed. I’m assuming that yours was, too.

    So, there is no need for an apology for drawing a cartoon of someone being shot in the head. Unpleasant subject matter, to be sure, but your point in drawing it was well-made.

    Like many others, I’m certainly not mourning ObL’s demise. But the flag-waving, pep-rally, cheerleading, tribal responses leave me cold. It just — might — behoove us to bear in mind that WE supported ObL in the 1980s and helped to give him his start. (For that matter, same with Saddam, whom we hanged for crimes committed in 1982, when WE were supporting him.)

    A more subdued, reflective, response is called for, methinks.

  • Tom

    I didn’t associate the shot-in-the-head cartoon with you know who, but I thought it kind of distracted from the rest of the cartoon. The reality of underfunded and overcrowded schools is grim enough.

Jen Sorensen is a nationally-published political cartoonist. She is a 2017 Pulitzer Finalist and recipient of the 2014 Herblock Prize and a 2013 Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award.