Talking Simpsons – Separate Vocations


Bart and Lisa’s futures are in flux as they find new careers as a cop and nogoodnick (respectively) in this anti-authoritarian episode of our lovable podcast…


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8 thoughts on “Talking Simpsons – Separate Vocations

  1. Wow, I’m stunned to hear that Bob actually, sorta, kinda finds the “The Principal and the Pauper” to be a semi-decent episode. As much as I love hearing all of the golden age episodes thoroughly dissected and commented on, I’m really hoping this podcast lasts long enough to cover the Scully abominations. I wouldn’t be such an effusive fan of this podcast if I didn’t love Chris Antista, but listening to his paper-thin devil’s advocacy of Zombie Simpsons torn to shreds by Bob and Henry will make for fantastic listening.

    1. it’s kinda grown on me and doesnt offend me as it used to. In hindsight it really mirrors on what happened with the fans after they saw it. the people of springfield basically became the audience.

  2. Looking back on this episode as an adult, it reminds me of people being disturbed and complaining about locker searches in high school (when it happened on two occasions to maybe a handful of people, who had a known history of drug issues and were caught during the searches). I never understood how that was felt to be “ignoring rights” when we were told every year not to deface our lockers since they were school property and we were simply borrowing them for storage. Granted, teenagers complain about weird shit, but even at the same age as those kids I thought they were being idiotic. Plus, in an age of cellphones and all that, why are you leaving drugs in your damn school locker…

  3. I grew up in Iowa, so we always had the Iowa Test of Basic Skills (ITBS,) or the Iowa Test of Educational Development (ITED,) and I still don’t know if those are the same standardized tests everyone takes, or if each state has their own. I have done work in the ACT test building, though, in Iowa City, I don’t know where the rest of the tests go. Every time we see the show telling us how awful Bart is, like breaking the test scoring computer, it just seems silly that anyone ever thought he was a threat to the American way of life.

  4. College teacher here.

    Everyone in my department wants to teach but we do have to put up with bulshit from higher up that is annoying. At the end of the fall 2015 semester I had to put together a bunch of “artifacts” for students for a group of people to analyze if we are meeting learning objectives.

    Outside of that, we all know what we’re talking about and want to teach students. I am also in the sciences so maybe that makes it different from the liberal arts. I’ve done lots of readings of scientific works, wrote a thesis, and actually performed research so I am educated in what I teach. Although there are definitely times you teach without necessarily being an ‘expert’ in it. Difference is I am able to pick up any shortcomings quick because of the background.

    And on to the students, I think you guys and myself were part of the smart group questioning grade school and maybe college. But from my experience teaching (~4 years now counting grad school), most kids aren’t this way. They’re stupid or either don’t care, often one in the same. It’s baffling that they pay to come to class (which some don’t want to do) yet put forward so little effort to study and actually learn something. They’d much rather complain during the semester, half ass it, and then bitch during evaluations. It is especially rough when you have to teach college freshmen because they’re used to high school and don’t know shit about college.

    In short, not every teacher hates being there. Most really enjoy it (myself included). Sure you may get an asshole chemistry teacher who is teaching because he got laid off from his corporate job but I’d say that’s the minority. I can’t speak personally for grade school although I may be a high school science teacher one day. I do have friends who teach middle and high school and they like it. A lot of it depends on what you’re teaching and where you’re teaching.

    1. My grade school experience with teachers was pretty positive, I could only think of a couple of teachers who seemed to be like they Simpsons teachers are. Even with teachers I disliked, it never seemed like they didn’t know what they were doing or were stupid, they just seemed overly strict or like they weren’t right for the age group they were teaching.
      For university it’s been fairly similar, I had a prof first year who was relatively new and seemed to have no idea what he was doing, so the course ended up getting bell curved to hell. Other than that, even more boring or frustrating classes are ones that the profs have done their best with, but the material is just too dry (i.e. statistics).

  5. I remember in high school being part of a pre-ap/GT english class with the eventual valedictorian and the rest of the “smart kids” and because of a schedule issue, the head of the English department taught one section while a cheerleading coach taught our class. In hindsight we were really nasty, but we’d laugh and correct the teacher when she’d come to a word in the syllabus she didn’t recognize and she’d (understandably) be self-conscious about it.

    I also remember being in a speech class that made the teacher leave class in tears when a kid in class found out the teacher, who was maybe 25, attractive, and most likely gay, was also a department store male model, and proceeded to copy photos of him modeling and put them all over the classroom during lunch. It was definitely a “this is going way too far” moment. He literally left the room and didn’t come back; after about 20 minutes the vice principal showed up and babysat us.

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