A popular cartoon on the Web shows a young teacher in a red sweater, his glasses half-closed, reading a story to a class of three.
His pupils smile and laugh.
A teacher at another school is wearing a similar outfit, and he is also reading to a different group.
The teacher who is reading to the students, meanwhile, is reading the same story.
The cartoons on the sites Funny or Die and Cartoon Network are both intended to amuse and entertain.
The difference is that they are written by older, more experienced teachers.
The funny cartoons show the older teacher explaining the story to the younger, more inexperienced ones, while the less-experienced ones get bored and just repeat the same lesson over and over again.
And they’re often funny to begin with, too.
“They’re like a teacher with dementia, with all these problems, with no memory, no ability to learn,” said Jeff Davis, a professor at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management.
“And the students are just like, ‘OK, this teacher can tell us anything.'”
It’s a theme that has become a part of the cartoons, as older teachers increasingly become the subject of parody.
The humor of the older teachers has been in decline for a while.
In the early 2000s, the number of cartoons that showed older teachers as “older” grew by about 50 percent a year, according to a Pew Research Center study.
In 2012, a study by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that a new generation of cartoonists had turned their attention to older teachers.
And in 2016, the Cartoon Network began using a cartoonist with Alzheimer’s disease, “Teddy Bear,” to introduce an older teacher who had dementia.
“It’s a really interesting phenomenon, and the reason why is because older people are getting sicker,” said Lisa Hickey, a senior researcher with the Pew Research Centre.
“The older people get, the more sick they get.
And the older the teacher, the greater the risk for disease.”
The new cartoons are intended to entertain younger people who may be more susceptible to the cognitive challenges of dementia, Hickey said.
Older teachers have a lower chance of developing dementia themselves.
And if they do develop dementia, their symptoms can be quite similar to those of older adults.
“As a matter of fact, we found that the symptoms of Alzheimer’s-related dementia were similar to the symptoms that were present in the cartoons that were showing older teachers,” Hickey told The Next Week.
“In other words, the older you are, the worse your symptoms are going to be.”
For example, a younger teacher could have mild cognitive decline.
But if she had dementia, the symptoms could be severe, including dementia-like memory loss, hallucinations, and speech changes.
The new series of cartoons features the same old teacher reading the story.
“If you’re reading a long story, you’re going to lose the ability to remember it,” said Davis, who specializes in teaching cognition and Alzheimer’s at Minnesota State University.
“You’re going be unable to get through the whole thing.”
He said the idea behind the cartoons is to teach older people that they have a lot to learn.
“Teachers are going, ‘You’re not going to get it, you can’t do it.
You’re not smart enough to be doing this,'” he said.
But as a teacher, you have to work hard, said Davis.
“Some of the things they do, I think they’re just trying to do them for fun.
They’re just playing a game,” he said, laughing.
“I mean, I would never go into the classroom with Alzheimer, but I would be really interested to know what the teacher’s doing.”
In a 2015 survey of 1,000 educators by the National Association of Head Start Teachers, only about 10 percent of teachers said they would like to continue teaching at the elementary level.
And only about 25 percent of those surveyed said they’d consider teaching a postsecondary education, the lowest rate of interest among educators.
But Davis said that a small minority of teachers are doing fine.
He believes that the older-older phenomenon is only temporary.
“When I got sick, I had a good doctor and they did an MRI, and they said I was going to die,” Davis said.
“But I kept thinking, ‘This is not going away, this is not something I’m going to just forget.'”
So he decided to use his disability to educate his students, using humor to help them think about their challenges.
He has a number of animated cartoons featuring older teachers who are struggling to maintain a positive attitude and teach younger students about the challenges they have in teaching.
The first one, for example, shows a teacher who has a dementia diagnosis, and who has to explain a series of facts to her students, including that a person with dementia is more likely to be irritable and hyperactive.
She then has to tell the story of how her students are able to overcome those challenges