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School is intended for children to be educated to prepare them for adulthood. While on school grounds, both students and staff must adhere to certain policies and guidelines. Most Writers Are Adults, but not all writers are teachers, which means that they won't know everything about what should be allowed in school and what shouldn't. Even if they did, they probably would ignore them just for the sake of the story.


Sometimes, this can be the result of Eagleland Osmosis and/or Creator Provincialism, if the work is set in a country other than the one the creator went to school in and the creator was unable or unwilling to research how that country's school system works. Sometimes, of course, Reality Is Unrealistic; while having a work where American students wear uniforms and refer to the head of the school as a "headmaster" instead of "principal" may seem like this trope, there are many private schools in the U.S. where this is standard practice.

    Specific instances of this trope 
  • Schools having outlandish rules or practices that wouldn't be in a real-life school or not having a certain rule that they should have in place, such as not having a dress code.
  • Schools following a system that does not match the setting/culture of the work. This is especially common with American-made works that take place in a non-American setting. Examples of this include having high school graduation ceremonies in a country that only does ceremonies for university or starting the academic school year in the wrong month (America starts in late August/early September, while other countries usually start earlier, such as in April or even January).
  • Schools having No OSHA Compliance, and issues getting to class, the lunchroom, or the bathroom safely.
  • Students being allowed to bring pets (ones that are not certified service animals, at least) into school. Animals could trigger people's allergies, cause messes, or attack people, which could result in lawsuits.
  • Physical education, in particular, resembling a military training program more than a school which probably has to consider disabilities.
  • If students or teachers misbehave (Teachers mistreating students/other teachers, students bullying other kids or teachers, etc.), punishments are either too excessive, too light, or flat-out nonexistent, and the staff may even deliberately let them get away with it.
  • Detentions being insanely long,note  having insane punishments like being forced to wax entire rooms with a toothbrush, and having actual torture going on.
  • The school is a School of No Studying, where the kids don't have to do any work despite the fact that it's required.
  • Teaching using E = MC Hammer-like equations.
  • Teachers and staff outright encouraging bullying between the students.
  • Teachers being allowed to teach despite having a criminal record, or the school actually having a criminal employment policy... to jobs where even if it were okay to be employing criminals, people of that crime shouldn't be employed to that position (a convicted pedophile running a daycare, for example).
  • There are not enough teachers at the school to adequately accommodate a large student body (the average class size for a grade school classroom is about twenty-four students for every teacher in the school).
  • School anachronisms. Corporal Punishment would be the most obvious, but others include learning to read with a slate or having a centuries-old curriculum. The inverse is also the case, having ancient Greeks with a classroom teaching Women's Studies, for instance.
  • Schools having classes that don't even exist in the real world (Plant Psychology, for example).
  • Teachers teaching subjects that are either too difficult or too easy for a grade level.
  • Parallels drawn between the classroom and a Soviet-style organization where Big Brother Is Watching, a military organization, feudal Japan, or some other setting.
  • If a teacher with tenure breaks the rules, then they won't be punished at all, even not getting reprimanded. In real life, tenured teachers typically have to lose tenure before getting fired (though sometimes this happens in rapid succession), otherwise, teachers that break minor rules will just get a stern talking to and sent back to the classroom where they'll continue harassing their students, but much worse. Also, in order for someone under tenure to get fired, they would have to hit a kid or say/do something controversial, which is, unfortunately, Truth in Television, as tenured sadist teachers are extremely difficult to get rid of.
  • Elementary schools having gym locker rooms and showers, even though in America, elementary schools don’t have them as young kids do not usually have bad body odor and aren’t required to wear P.E uniforms.
  • A student being taught by a parent or another relative, when schools in Real Life usually separate them to avoid favoritism issues. The only exception is if the class in question only has one teacher in the school.
  • Students are attending classes on days where school usually isn't open, such as on holidays.
  • School staff are allowed to date each other. In real life, fraternization between teachers is usually not allowed, and even when it is, it's still heavily stigmatized because of possible violations of personal display of affection (PDA), especially when children are around. There are also fears of causing favoritism issues such as the teacher getting a job because they are dating a member of the staff.
  • Students being left unattended for long periods of time in places where there should be adults watching them, such as in the classroom, lunchroom, or playground. Leaving children alone without adult supervision is bound to cause an accident that a teacher won't be able to prevent because they weren't watching the kids in the first place.
  • School staff making important decisions without permission from higher-ups.
  • Teachers who are unqualified being hired, likely due to the school not doing any background checks.

Be mindful of Values Dissonance when adding examples. If something in a school is acceptable in one place/time period but not another, and the work takes place in the former, then it doesn't count (ex: Corporal punishment is not allowed in modern-day American schools, but in schools from the past or in another country, it is acceptable).

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See also Sucky School where these inaccurate portrayals are used specifically to depict the school as terrible. Related to Fiction Isn't Fair.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • In My Hero Academia, we have Shota "Eraser Head" Aizawa's infamous (especially In-Universe) act of expelling an entire class of U.A. on the very first day because he didn't think they would cut it as Heroes (because they didn't take the Quirk Apprehension Test that students take on that day as seriously as Aizawa wanted). While this demonstrates that he is a serious Sink-or-Swim Mentornote , the fact still stands that Aizawa performed this action with no red tape getting in the way, and even by the current day of the story, the people in charge of administering U.A. still have not put anything in place to prevent him from doing it again.
    • It's later established that Aizawa is a special case, and that the authority to temporarily expel students at the beginning of the year was a specific condition he required upon being hired at U.A., with the specific reasoning being the need for them to experience a metaphorical "death" in order to impress upon them how serious the profession they aspire to is. Even then, it's seen by the rest of the staff as something absurd at the absolute best (in the "seriously, Aizawa, again?" sense) and it is also pointed out that, temporary and justified because of "logical ruse" or not, the expulsions still go into the students' permanent records.

    Comic Books 
  • In Archie Comics, Dumb Jock Crazy Jealous Guy Moose constantly gets away with assaulting other students in and out of school with no consequence.
  • In Titeuf, the main characters are in elementary school, but in class, they are learning things that you're not supposed to learn until later, such as square roots (which is usually taught in middle school).
  • Wonder Woman (1987): Cassie's history teacher never gets questioned or reprimanded for targeting Cassie for detentions every time he suspects she's not paying complete attention in his class, which she does because she already knows everything he's teaching and can answer his questions when he snaps at her in class to try to catch her off guard. He then decides her answers aren't respectful enough and sentences her to after school detention.

    Comic Strips 
  • In Calvin and Hobbes, the schoolwork done in Calvin's first-grade class ranges from basic addition to knowing where the Byzantine Empire was, the latter of which is usually not taught to high schoolers, never mind first graders.
  • Played for Laughs in Peanuts, where Charlie Brown, who's implied to be in second or third grade, gets assigned to read War and Peace and is forced to do complex math equations, to emphasize his Butt-Monkey nature.

    Fan Works 

    Films — Animated 
  • An Extremely Goofy Movie: Sylvia mentions that the university library uses the Dewey Decimal classification system. In reality, most large educational institutions' libraries use the Library of Congress classification system: a somewhat newer system created by the US Library of Congress that uses a combination of letters and numbers to classify materials.
  • In My Little Pony: Equestria Girls, Twilight's crown is mistaken for the Fall Formal crown, so in order to reclaim it, Twilight decides to run for Fall Formal Princess to earn it legitimately. The mere fact that she has to sign up with the principal in order to participate should derail the scheme, because that should involve some sort of process of looking into her academic standing, which would reveal she wasn't enrolled as a student.
  • In The Powerpuff Girls Movie, the titular heroes end up destroying Pokey Oaks Kindergarten (as well as the rest of Townsville) on their first day after using their powers during a game of tag. The next day, they and the other students have to come in despite the school being in shambles. In real life, children would NOT be allowed to come into a school building that is half destroyed. Classes would either be cancelled or held somewhere else until the original building is fixed.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In The Story of Luke, Luke was a homeschooled kid whose grandmother was often too sick to teach, causing him to graduate high school at age 24. In real life, Luke would be legally entitled to an education, and if his family couldn't give him one, either the state would provide a tutor or he would be forced to go back to school.
  • In the film adaptation of Where the Wild Things Are, Max's astronomy teacher tells the class about how everything is going to die one day and lists the possible ways that humanity could be wiped out. Yes, he tells all of this to a bunch of 9-year-old kids, and what's worse is that he does so cheerfully as if he doesn't see anything wrong with it.

  • Carrie: Most schools have qualifications that a candidate for prom queen must meet, such as being a model student, actively involved in school activities, and well-liked by the student body. There is no way that Carrie would have qualified, so the book says that the school only votes for the male candidates, and their dates are just along for the ride (it's mentioned that the girls think this is sexist).
  • In Charlotte's Web, Avery brings a gun to school and nothing is ever said about it. While the book was written in and takes place in the 1950s (and thus, before Columbine), there should have at least been some concern about a ten-year-old kid bringing a weapon to school.
  • In the children's book A Fine Fine School by Sharon Creech, the principal of the main character's school loves his school so much that he says that there will be classes on Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and during the summer. Not only would this probably be illegal (since kids are required to have at least some time off from school), but the principal should not have any authority to make this decision and announce it in front of the whole school without input from the school board first.
  • The title character of Franny K. Stein doesn't face any repercussions or trouble for bringing her dog Igor to school in Attack of the 50-Ft. Cupid and The Frandidate.
  • Harry Potter:
    • Severus Snape shows blatant favoritism towards the Slytherin House by giving them points for anything while the other houses get point deductions for flimsy reasons, and he treats Harry like crap because his father used to bully him. Dumbledore is aware of this and never tries to reign Snape in.
    • In Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Umbridge puts Harry in detention for entire evenings, and the higher-ups are okay with this, even though it means he has to stay up past midnight to complete his homework for other subjects.
  • In Matilda, Trunchbull's reign of terror over the students of Trunchem Hall. Sure, it is Roald Dahl (who actually wrote about how he had to endure a Boarding School of Horrors in his autobiography) and Adults Are Useless so on, but no matter how much Trunchbull goes so over-the-top with her cruelty that it is Refuge in Audacity incarnate, somebody would have thought it weird to hear their kid talking about how there is a freaking Iron Maiden in their school or how Trunchbull used a kid as a human cannonball toss.
  • The minor British Boarding School of Horrors at the heart of the molesworth stories is based on reality (the author was a teacher), but wildly exaggerated for the sake of comic parody. The sadism and insanity of the staff and senior boys is an obvious case in point.
  • Woodwalkers: Even though this series is set in the US, it still uses the German grade system with "One" as the best grade and "Six" as the worst grade.

    Live-Action TV 
  • A variation in Code Red: The Firefighter Explorers Program is a training program that teaches firefighting skills and has an age range of early teens to early twenties, which means that Danny, who is a preteen at most, would be too young to join. May be justified in that he's Joe's adopted son and he allows him to be part of the program.
  • Greendale Community College in Community is completely unlike any community college in real life. The campus allows alcohol which, even if everyone is the right age, regulations and by-laws prevent campus-sponsored activities from including it. This is especially important in "The Politics Of Human Sexuality"; a lack of alcohol and the subsequent sexy activities would have made the last few moments much less urgent and funny. Greendale also has lockers.
  • In the second season of Dance Academy, Saskia Duncan shows contempt towards Tara because she's jealous of her dancing skills and she injures her back when she forces her into a dangerous stretch. When Ben (who witnessed this) tells Miss Raine what happened, she doesn't fire her, but makes her apologize, which Saskia refuses to do. While she ends up quitting anyway when her students harass her over the incident, Miss Raine should have fired Saskia, since in Sydney, Australia, hurting a student is not allowed.
  • Drake & Josh:
    • In the episode "Megan's New Teacher", Josh becomes a student-teacher for Megan's class and makes them read college-level textbooks, which they obviously can't understand. Even worse is that the parents of the kids don't complain to the school about why their kids are being forced to do college homework despite being aware of it (and none of the parents could do the work either).
    • In "Josh Is Done", Josh is late for a chemistry exam because of Drake and his teacher Mr. Roland kicks him out of the classroom, makes him take a make-up exam at 6 A.M. on a Saturday, and docks his grade by a whole letter. This all should have gotten Mr. Roland is serious trouble because: 1) many schools don't allow teachers to kick out tardy students, 2) schools usually aren't open on the weekend, nor are they open that early in the day, and 3) docking grades for tardiness is too severe of a punishment. Thankfully, he takes back the grade deduction after Josh gets a perfect score on the make-up exam, but still.
  • Glee runs on this. A teacher who not only bullies students but encourages them to do it to others, a student with a 0.0 GPA being permitted to do athletic competitions, a club that seems to meet at all hours of the day, a Spanish teacher who never actually qualified on the subject (and has to go to night school to learn the subject he's supposed to be teaching), a female student being punished by the glee club coach for refusing to wear a clamshell bikini during a performance (it's important to note that she is 15 years old and has an eating disorder that the coach already knew about when he set the assignment), a student in a wheelchair being allowed to play football by invoking Ain't No Rule, a teacher becoming so close to his students that one of them is the best man at his wedding, not to mention the whole deal with the student who brought a gun to school... Well, there's a reason the Headscratchers section had to be divided up into seven separate pages.
  • House of Anubis:
    • The show takes place in the UK, but was broadcast for a largely American audience on Nickelodeon. So, the portrayal of schooling is very much American-based and not UK-based, right down to The Movie taking place at the students' high school graduation... something that doesn't even exist in the UK, as they don't consider graduating from High School an achievement the same way Americans do. This was most likely done so the American audience could understand what was happening, despite it being unrealistic for the setting.
    • The headmaster, Mr. Sweet, is also the school's science teacher. In the show, this just means that he's either in his office doing headmaster work, or teaching the students in the science lab, with little emphasis being made about his dual role. In real life, this would be way too much work, as he'd have to do administrative work in addition to grading papers, giving tests, and actually teaching the class.
  • iCarly: In the episode "IChristmas"note , school is shown being open even though it's during the Christmas season.
  • MacGyver (2016): Almost all universities require their professors to have a doctorate in their field. As an MIT dropout, Mac would not be able to become a professor in only 18 months.
  • In the Odd Squad episode "First Day", the classroom seen in the Odd Squad Academy doesn't look like a classroom one would find in an elementary school — rather, it looks more like a college classroom. Similarly, the Investigation portion of the Academy has students roaming around similar to a college.
  • The Parkers has a tendency to depict activities and services usually associated with state universities with Santa Monica College, which is a community college. For example, city colleges don't have fraternities and sororities.
  • Ripping Yarns: "Tomkinson's Schooldays", being a surreal parody, is about a British Boarding School which is of course much weirder than ever existed in reality. Well, somewhat weirder.
  • Stargirl (2020): The episode after "Wildcat", which takes place shortly after this one, is a Halloween Episode. That would place the Cold Open of this episode in July, a time when US schools aren't usually in session.

  • The Shape of Things: Critics have noted that Evelyn would need the approval of her professor to do her art project, and since it involves blatantly manipulating and publicly humiliating another person, no professor would approve it, considering that doing so would surely mean they would lose their tenure and be fired if they did.

    Video Games 
  • Bully:
    • Dr. Crabblesnitch ignores the bullying going on at Bullworth Academy and even encourages it by claiming that it's "school spirit".
    • Beat up as many students and prefects as you want; you'll only either get sent to the Dean's office or get detention, up until the climax where Jimmy finally gets expelled for his behavior (although this is reversed after defeating Gary).
  • The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel overlaps this with Mildly Military, due to the main setting being a military academy. For instance, it's mentioned that only forty percent of graduates from Thors' Military Academy end up joining the military, even though the purpose of a military academy is to produce junior officers. The behavior of the students also warrants discipline several times, and yet the most anyone will get is a scolding for their actions. For instance, during one of the training exercises in the third game, Ash sneaks into the Hector one of the teachers was using during the exercise, and attacks Rean unprovoked, forcing Rean to fight back. Despite attacking a teacher, Ash only gets scolded for his actions.

    Visual Novels 
  • Being A DIK: Throughout the game, you, the DIKs, and the HOTs get away with so much more than any real-life fraternity or sorority would be able to get away with, no matter how secretive they are. Also, even though B&R is a smaller school, there seems to be a distinct lack of different professors employed at the university.
  • The Freshman: Kaitlyn Liao misses all her midterms and winds up on academic probation near the end of the spring quarter, but that status results from a deficient GPA, which shouldn't update until the term is over. She's also very lucky that all her classes, in different departments, would let her make up her midterms and coordinate well. However, it serves as an important wake-up call that turns Kaitlyn's character arc around.
  • High School Story:
    • Two major extracurricular activity groups (the cheerleading squad and the band) are allowed to meet completely unsupervised. In reality, even if the group is student-led, virtually any public school would require a staff member to be present at on-campus meetings of extracurricular groups for liability reasons.
    • Though not entirely impossible, it would be very unusual for an underclassman (Jordan and Rory both being sophomores at the time they are crowned) to even be allowed to run for prom king or queen. In most schools, only upperclassmen are eligible for these positions, and some schools restrict it even further to only seniors.

    Web Animation 
  • In Ollie & Scoops, Ollie is able to take her pet cat, Scoops, to school and no one says anything about it, even her teacher and the principal.

  • The school staff in Ozy and Millie seem to encourage bullying in the school. The principal flat out won't do anything about Jerk Jock Jeremy because he thinks that bullying is something all children should go through, and when Millie's teacher punishes her for defending herself against Jeremy, she tells her mom that she feels that "it's easier" to punish the victim rather than the bully, which implies that she knows that Millie isn't at fault here and is just too lazy to do anything about it. The only one who seems to care about the well-being of the students is the school counselor, but the principal doesn't listen to her. While completely exaggerated for laughs, this is all based on the creator Dana Simpson's experiences with bullying in school.
  • The Paris-based English-language school which features in Sandra on the Rocks is just vaguely weird in countless ways (the American-style atmosphere, the uncontrolled sexual activities of many of the pupils, the uniforms...), putting it more in line with American comedy comics and Japanese manga than anything you'd probably find in that place in reality.

    Web Original 
  • In the Cobra Kai episode "Counterbalance", Miguel beats up Kyler and his posse in the cafeteria and is dragged to the office where the counselor attempts to call his mother. However, Miguel's grandma, who doesn't speak English, answers the phone instead. In the end, Miguel is implied to get away with the fight without his mother finding out and without a hint of some sort of punishment. In real life, he would most likely be kept in the office until the school could get a hold of his mother, and he would certainly be getting suspended for fighting in school.
  • Comes up frequently and is often Played for Laughs in SuperMarioLogan.
    • In "Bowser Junior's Homework", Junior has to study for an exam at school the next day. Some of the subjects he has to study include calculus and Chinese, even though he's in Kindergarten. Chef Pee Pee Lampshades this, stating that he shouldn't even have to do that kind of stuff.
    • Everything about Jackie Chu. He gives his students difficult work, such as in the "Bowser Junior's Summer School" series where he gives Junior homework on calculus, he frequently insults his students and calls them dumb (which, considering that he has people like Junior and Jeffy in his class, he's got a point), he acts inappropriate and frequently uses Asian stereotypes, and he once taught his 2nd-grade class where babies came from. All the kids think he's cool, though.
    • In the "Bowser Junior's 1st Grade" series, a teacher at Junior's school named Mr. Winkle is revealed to be a pedophile and is arrested. At a parent-teacher conference, it's revealed that Principal Steinbeck and Officer Goodman had done a background check on Winkle, which he failed, but they hired him anyway because he called them both hot. They only realized at that point, in front of a bunch of parents that are pissed off at them for letting a pedophile into the school, that they've been tricked.

    Western Animation 
  • The Amazing World of Gumball
    • Gumball's teacher Miss Simian dates the principal of the school, Principal Brown, and no one says anything about it. Relationships between school staff, let alone between a teacher and the principal, are not strictly against the rules or illegal per se, but they are usually frowned upon because of the risk of personal display of affection, especially in front of children, and because of concerns of favoritism. This is probably why Miss Simian is still a teacher at the school despite being a complete jerk to her students.
    • Principal Brown is revealed to have a fake diploma well into the series. How he managed to get a job with no credentials and avoid getting caught is anyone's guess.
    • In many episodes, Gumball receives detentions that are longer than two hours, such as in "The End" when he and Darwin got detention for six hours. The episode takes place within a time-span of an entire day, which means that they served the detention in one sitting.
  • American Dragon: Jake Long: Professor Rotwood somehow manages to get away with teaching a class about magical creatures in an ordinary high school. Whilst some fans speculate the class is officially about mythology (which some high schools have been known to offer) and Rotwood's obsessions cause him to shift focus, it still stretches belief he would be able to get away with this for years. Pushing things further, despite being arrested several times throughout the series (including on one occasion for kidnapping his own students) he's always back teaching in the next episode and is even promoted to principal in the second season. There's also the fact he calls himself "Professor" Rotwood despite being a high school teacher, not a college lecturer.
  • The last season of As Told by Ginger had an episode where Ginger got Saturday detention. What for, exactly? Sleeping in English class, because of a caffeine crash. While falling asleep in class would warrant a punishment, such as being told off by the teacher or getting a small detention after school on a weekday, no school would give a student Saturday detention for something like that instead of a more serious offense. Even worse, the English teacher seems to have it out for Ginger because of a personal conflict with her cousin (Ginger's middle school English teacher), which implies that she managed to get her into more trouble than she deserved. This goes lampshaded by Ginger.
    Ginger: Saturday detention? It's not like I ran over her dog!
  • Double Subverted in the Clarence episode "Suspended", where Clarence and Sumo get suspended from school. Mr. Reese actually does try to call their parents to come get them, but he doesn't get an answer. Instead of keeping them until he can get ahold of their parents, he just sends them on their merry way. Of course, if he hadn't done that, then the two boys wouldn't have been there to save the school from an overheated boiler.
  • In the Danny Phantom episode "Splitting Images", Poindexter was ruthlessly bullied by everyone when he was in high school and the principal made bullying him a requirement to graduate. Even in the 1950s, a principal couldn't make bullying a student mandatory.
  • In the Daria episode "Lucky Strike" when Ms. Li is hiring scab teachers to replace the ones on strike, she gets Daria to sub a class because she can't find anyone else. Not only does Daria not have the qualifications (you need Bachelors degree), but she's a high school student.
  • The Fairly OddParents with Dimmsdale Elementary. Crocker's Ultimate Job Security is the most obvious example. When he isn't ranting about fairies, he's intentionally causing his class to fail out of pure malice. What little we see outside his class is also unrealistic. "Timvisible" takes place on the last day of school, yet classes are running like normal, and seem to involve some high school level stuff, like dissecting frogs.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum is oozing with examples of unrealistic school. Stand out episode examples include:
    • "Excuse Me": Fanboy, Chum Chum and Kyle get away with missing class constantly due to all kinds of unrealistic fake excuse notes. Mr. Mufflin falls for all of them until it is discovered outright that they are lying. He even accepts an excuse note to excuse FanKyleChum (actually a real student) from class forever. Even given Rule of Funny, no teacher would accept any of these.
    • "Marsha, Marsha, Marsha": Fanboy and Chum Chum accidentally end up in a kindergarten where they are forced to stay all day because the teacher refuses to believe that they're 5th graders. While there, they discover that their former classmate Marsha was sent here after Fanboy got snot all over her standardized test. No teacher would use something like this as a reason to fail a student to the point of sending them back five grades. The school would also make Marsha retake the test at a later date, especially since it wasn't her fault the test got ruined.
    • According to Word of God, Chum Chum is two years younger than Fanboy, but is in the same class due to Fanboy sneaking him in and no one noticing. Evidently, Adults Are Useless is in full effect, and bureaucracy seems to barely exist in this world.
  • The Loud House:
  • In Miraculous Ladybug, we have Madame Bustier and Principal Damocles and how they deal with students like Chloé and Lila:
    • Bustier believed that Chloé shouldn't be punished for her actions but that she should learn from a positive student role model (namely Marinette, Chloé's main target) even though, as a teacher, she should be that role model. On Damocles' end, he fears her father's, the Mayor, reprisal even though as mayor he doesn't have real power over the school. If he does something to the school, he can be ousted for corruption or it might cause a major scandal.
    • Lila has made claims about her "disabilities" but Mme.Bustier never asked for a doctor's note, asked for the school's nurse to check her over, and never seemed to have contacted her mother to confirm (especially because two of her major claims are that she has tinnitus and in a later episode that she has a mental disorder that forces her to lie impulsively).
    • They also completely buy into Lila's claims that Marinette stole her necklace, cheated on a test, and pushed her down the stairs without investigating properly. Aside from the fact that Marinette is a good student and gets good grades, which means that it would be unlikely that she did those things, when Lila claimed to be pushed down the stairs, they didn't send Lila to the nurse, call an ambulance, or check on her themselves to see if the injuries were genuine. It could have been off-screen as Lila was later shown with bandages wrapped haphazardly around her knee but she could've done it herself because she can't really fake an injured knee from a competent nurse. This shows the faculty as neglectful.
  • In the Peanuts animated special Happy New Year, Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown's class is assigned War and Peace over winter break. Not only would an elementary school teacher not assign such a long and complicated book to read, but the students also would certainly not be expected to read the whole thing in such a short time; at most they would be assigned a few selected chapters to read. When Charlie Brown does a report on the same book in The Peanuts Movie, it's because he chose it to impress the Little Red-Haired Girl (who was assigned his report partner), and not the choice of the teacher.
  • In the first episode of Rick and Morty, Morty's math teacher Mr. Goldenfold hands out a test to his students, which has at least six questions that all use addition. It's supposed to be a high school math class.
  • The Simpsons: Everything regarding Springfield Elementary, which is crappy to a point that is absurd or horrifying Depending on the Writer. The building is literally falling apart, children are fed shredded cushions, teachers not only ignore bullying but encourage it in a fashion worthy of The Social Darwinist and actively seek to destroy children's capacity to be anything but a drone (and not a well-educated one at that), and there is a chapter in the school's charter that says in black and white that they won't care if children are killed under their watch (or at least Bart). The only true absolute limit the faculty has in being abusive is in having teachers physically attack children, and even that depends on the episode.
  • South Park: Most of the staff at South Park Elementary are extremely incompetent at their jobs, especially Mr. Garrison, who acts inappropriate in front of his students and is a jerkass on top of that. In one episode, sex ed was taught to the entire school, including Kindergartners. The closest thing the school had to a competent, responsible adult was Chef, a womanizing Casanova whose advice often caused misunderstandings, but he was eventually Killed Off for Real. Things only get worse when Principal Victoria is replaced by PC Principal, who yells at his students and is willing to assault them just for using microaggressions.
  • In SpongeBob SquarePants, there is a couple regarding Mrs. Puff's Boating School:
    • SpongeBob has caused a lot of destruction during his driver's tests, and yet he's still allowed to stay at the driving school where in real life he would be kicked out after failing too many times. The only reason Mrs. Puff doesn't let him go is that she promised that she would never give up on any of her students, but it would probably make her life a lot easier if she did it just this once.
    • Mrs. Puff has been arrested several times due to SpongeBob's aforementioned destruction and other things out of her control. Even though most of the arrests were not her fault, the fact that she has an extensive criminal record means that she shouldn't be allowed to teach at the boating school anymore.
  • The end of the Yogi's Treasure Hunt episode "Goodbye, Mr. Chump" has Dick Dastardly Writing Lines on the chalkboard, even though the episode is set at a university rather than an elementary school.
    Dick Dastardly: I hate being kept after class!
    Muttley: Pipe down and write!


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