1950’s and 2012 cartoon
This political cartoon displays two children hiding under their classroom desks, hands over their heads in a fetal position. The desk on the left says “1950’s” where as the desk on the left says the current year, “2012.” Both children claim to be hiding for a specific reason, the boy of the 50’s claims it is because of the Russians, while thee one on the left states that it is because of his fellow classmates. The message that the illustrator is attempting to convey is that the problems children of the 1950’s faced are very different than those that today’s current younger generation face on a day to day basis. At the time, the major issue that children, as well as people of all ages, faced was the threat of a potential bombing of the US by the Soviets. Various ‘duck-and-cover’ drills and maneuvers were practiced by the majority of schools, just as commonly, if not more often than todays rehearsed ‘Fire Drills.’ The illustrator is saying that, in comparison, the biggest issue that most kids and teens face in 2012 s bullying. In fact, a recent study shows that 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying, and 282,000 students attending secondary schools are physically attacked each month. Something as minuscule as bulling should not be as large of an issue then it is.
I agree with the message being conveyed in this cartoon. As a student, I am a witness to acts of bullying almost every day. It is said that every 1 in 7 Students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying. Bullying is an escalating issue that is often overlooked by most adults and other children. Many so-called ‘bullies’ don’t realize what they’re doing is cruel, and hurts. I and likely many others believe that, if enough awareness is raised about bullying, the issue may be able to be put to rest. Children should not have to feel the need to hide from those that should be nothing but kind to them.
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