The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many people to change their daily habits, including school closures around the world. In the United States, an estimated 124,000 public and private schools have closed, impacting nearly 55 million students, according to Education Week. These students are no longer participating in in-person learning from their teachers. Instead, they’re “e-learning.”
This is a stressful time for everyone, but especially students who are used to learning in a classroom. On the other hand, parents never imagined they would be homeschooling their children. To bring us some humor, parents have shared their hilarious homeschooling fails. Their children probably can’t wait until they can go back to school. How would you grade these parents?
Picking Up On The Stress
Everyone is stressed right now, just not students. Many parents might feel they’re not qualified to assist their children with their e-learning assignments. It’s a difficult transition. Unfortunately, children are picking up on the stress. They know things aren’t going well for their parents.
For example, a viral Facebook post in March from Candice Hunter Kennedy shared how her son, Ben, felt about being homeschooled with his mother. In a journal entry, Ben wrote, “It is not going good. My mom’s getting stressed out. My mom is really getting confused. We took a break so my mom can figure this stuff out, and I’m telling you it is not going good.”
At least Ben was being honest about the situation. The post was shared 307,000 times on Facebook, receiving 46,000 likes and 16,000 comments. One Facebook user (Michele Winnen) commented, “Ben sounds adorable. You have a born comedian on your hands. You sound like an awesome mom. God bless all the parents and kids out there. A special blessing to all the teachers. Stay safe all.”
Brooke Gordon-Hare also commented, “Good for you for laughing at it. It isn’t easy to teach. I have an even greater respect for teachers now!” Yes, parents are ultimately realizing what their children’s teachers do every day at school. It isn’t very easy, is it?
Parents are doing the best they can, but the majority of them aren’t trained teachers. They don’t know how to follow lesson plans and make classroom activities at home. But they’re trying, so we have to give them an A+ for effort.
One mother, Jill McArdle, shared in a YouTube video in March that she was making vocabulary flashcards for her child to recite. This is a common classroom activity. She had the flashcards printed out, but she was puzzled by a card that read “dn.” What’s “dn”? What could that possibly mean?
Then, she referred to the lesson plan provided by her child’s teacher. That’s when she realized she had the flashcard upside down and the word was “up.” We hope things have improved for the mother since then.
Spelling And Punctuation Matter
Parents are probably realizing teachers deserve a salary raise. Maybe teachers will receive their long-overdue raise after this pandemic eventually ends. Twitter user (@RUBraveEnough) shared a post in March about how her nine-year-old son’s schoolwork is going. She assigned him to write a story like he normally would in class.
It was a typical story from a nine-year-old. The story was a little strange, but it was creative. However, the mother was puzzled (and perhaps humored) by her son’s spelling and punctuation errors. Her son wrote, “But it was the best weed ever had.” Weed? That’s rather alarming.
The mother later realized that her son meant to write, “But it was the best we’d ever had.” She commented that apostrophes are important. Yes, they are very important. Spelling and proper punctuation matters. This was definitely a homeschool fail, but it made many people on Twitter laugh.
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