Edutoons: A Jumpball Melee of Editorial Cartoons about the Politics of Public Education (Editorial Cartoons by Ron Hill)
Paperback – April 20, 2016
by Ron Hill (Author), Chris Schillig (Foreword)
From the unique combineed profssional vantage point of an educator/journalist, Ron Hill employs his considerable illustrations skills to comment on what he sees as the steady politicizing of education. Hill presents his first collection of editorial cartoons, all published between 2009 and 2015. This book deals with issues that concern the general public, targeting specific education issues in each community. However, these topics are so universal, every reader across the country can relate to such problems as school funding, standardized testing, and safety in our schools.
The steady incursion of state political mandates taking over what have traditionally been local control issues such as labor negotiations, teacher and student assessment, and technology in our schools are also subjects all states are grappling with. The cartoons are all reproduced from the originals, and they are divided into four chapters: funding, politics, safety and testing. In each section they are presented in the order they were published, and contain researched captions for many of the issues to provide regional and historical context. This is the first of a planned series of themed editorial cartoon collections. Ron Hill has been an editorial cartoonist since 1999, and currently provides editorial cartoons to six regional newspapers in Northeast Ohio. Every week he writes and draws 6 different cartoons, and has won a Cleveland Press Society Award for Excellence for his work. Hill also taught Interactive Media at Alliance High School from 2002 until 2015. His Interactive Media program was a career-technical class in a public high school that focused on graphic design and media careers. Ron Hill graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1982, and has worked in advertising, illustration, comics, design, education, and journalism. He is currently President of the Northern Ohio Illustrators Society, and member of The National Cartoonists Society and The American Association of Editorial Cartoonists.
“Like the best political cartoonists, Ron forces readers to think about issues in new, sometimes alarming ways.” from the foreword by Chris Schillig “Great examples of how a terrific cartoonist can make you sad, serious and then laugh. We are fortunate to have such a cartoonist.” David Lange, editor emeritus, Chagrin Valley Times
About the Author
Ron Hill has been an editorial cartoonist since 1999. He also taught Interactive Media from 2002 until 2015 at Alliance High School, in Alliance, Ohio. A prolific illustrator, caricaturist, and graphic designer, he graduated from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh in 1983. He is currently president of the Northern Ohio Illustrators Society, and a member of the National Cartoonists Society and the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists.
Series: Editorial Cartoons by Ron Hill (Book 1)
Publisher: ACT 3 LLC (April 20, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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Fun way to look at serious and complex issues re your local schools
ByJeb Aleon June 17, 2016
This cartoon book is about schools so I thought my school aged kid might have fun looking at it and learn cartooning at the same time. I myself find it interesting and informative, as it shows me I know less about our own schools than I thought I knew. Simple sketches cut right into the core of issues regarding funding sources, levy timing, and public schooling itself. Also, short captions enrich the cartoons.