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In his case, it is. Nate is written in a way where the strip is funny because he’s an annoying jerk who usually gets his comeuppance from more rational characters. You can certainly have a strip about a likeable main character, but the secondary characters aren’t written in a way for Nate to be likeable.
I read the strip because I dislike him. If I liked him, it wouldn’t be funny.
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How does Nate have this kind of budget for Prank Day?
There is no evidence whatsoever that Mrs. Godfrey would ignore a mistake made by Gina. None.
In fact, it’s the opposite: when it’s been Nate vs. Gina, Mrs. Godfrey has consistently taken NATE’S side, not Gina’s. Nate and Gina have had conflicts in Mrs. Godfrey’s class on at least three occasions: when Gina tried to correct Nate’s test after Mrs. Godfrey mistakenly gave Nate a 96 he didn’t earn, when Gina and Nate had a bet on Nate being able to avoid detention for a week and when Gina cashed in a favor for Nate to be nice to her for a week. On all three occasions, Mrs. Godfrey took Nate’s side with zero hesitation, and on two of the three occasions, Gina received detention for how she treated Nate.
And that’s because Mrs. Godfrey does not play favorites. She does not care who she likes better; she cares about who is right. Mrs. Godfrey has been completely fair to Nate; Nate really should grow up.
Nate’s father should have done no such thing and should reprimand Nate if he complains about this. Mrs. Godfrey is totally in the right.
I’m sorry, when have we ever seen Mrs. Godfrey be needlessly or unjustifiably cruel toward Nate? That has not happened. We have seen Nate be needlessly and unjustifiably cruel toward Mrs. Godfrey, but she has been consistently fair toward Nate.
There’s nothing BS about it. She’s had that policy on all of her assignments. He did not earn a 100, he earned a 99.
She treats everyone the same. She doesn’t compare Nate to Ellen; she simply expects Nate to actually try. And he doesn’t.
Yes, you have no case. I’m not sure why you brought up those three incidents, because two of them only hurt your case.
Let’s go through them in order.
No. 1: I’ll give you this one, but in Mrs. Godfrey’s defense, Gina and Nate have both shown how seriously they take social studies many times. Gina is a serious student; Nate thinks that Reggie Bush and George Bush are brothers. Mrs. Godfrey is completely justified in allowing Gina to anticipate the question while denying Nate the same opportunity because Mrs. Godfrey knows that if Gina’s interrupting her, it’s related to the class discussion, while the chances of Nate’s interruption being in any way relevant to the discussion is about one in a million. This was that one, but after all the crap she’s taken from Nate, she’s entitled to a pass.
No. 2: Nate’s completely in the wrong here. Gina explains perfectly that Nate’s breathing is distracting her, and he makes no effort to change. Gina’s trying to get the most out of her education, and Nate’s making that impossible. I’d complain too.
No. 3: Sorry, but there is NOTHING reasonable about Nate’s reaction. Mrs. Godfrey is completely justified in expecting her students to pay attention in social studies, and Nate should have been ready to answer a question. Scratching his head isn’t an excuse; you can get called on at any time, hand up or not. It’s 100% Nate’s fault, and as usual, he blames Mrs. Godfrey for his own failure to pay attention.
You have one out of three that can even be considered a strike against Mrs. Godfrey, and she’s more than made up for that. Two obvious examples of her fairness were when: A. Gina tried to get Nate a detention by rigging a water fountain and Mrs. Godfrey flatly refused to punish Nate for an accident and instead went after Gina, and B. Gina tried to correct Nate’s test when Mrs. Godfrey made a grading error in Nate’s favor and Mrs. Godfrey instead let Nate keep his higher score and gave Gina detention.
So yeah, you have no case.