Coronavirus: Parents share homeschooling fails amid Covid-19 quarantine

'Ironing is in the school curriculum right?'

Chelsea Ritschel
Wednesday 25 March 2020 19:03 GMT
Parents are sharing their homeschooling fails (Stock)
Parents are sharing their homeschooling fails (Stock)

As people around the world continue to self-isolate amid the coronavirus pandemic, parents have found themselves taking on a new role as teachers.

However, even with remote help from real teachers, many parents have found the stay-at-home teaching model to be quite difficult - with many mums and dads sharing their homeschooling fails on social media as a result.

From children begging to return to school to parents admitting they aren’t able to figure out their child’s homework, these are the issues parents are facing.

According to one child, homeschooling has not been “going good” from day one. In a post uploaded to Facebook, a mum shared a screenshot of her son’s journal entry from their first day of homeschooling.

“It is not going good. My mum's getting stressed out. My mum is really getting confused,” the eight-year-old student wrote. “We took a break so my mum can figure this stuff out and I’m telling you it is not going good.”

In another photo, shared to Twitter, a young boy can be seen sprawled out on his kitchen counter, while his sister sits at the table doing her work.

“Every class has that one student #homeschooling,” the childrens' parent wrote.

The disarray has come despite many parents starting homeschooling off on a confident note, before quickly realising how difficult it is.

“My Confident Friend A Week Ago: ‘I have a schedule. My kids will stay on schedule and their day is very structured with assignments and activities,” one person tweeted. “My Confident Friend Today: ‘I gave up. Every day is movie day for homeschooling. As long as they’re quiet.’

The struggle was enough to prompt one father who has been attempting homeschooling to tweet: “Anyone else think teachers should all earn about $500,000 a year? #homeschooling.”

The tweet has since been liked more than 18,000 times.

Others, however, have suggested that teachers deserve more money, with some suggesting that their salaries should be somewhere in the $1m-a-year or higher range for their patience.

"If this has taught me anything, it's that teachers deserve a raise," one person tweeted.

Another said: "Been homeschooling the kids since 9am. It's 9.08am and I'm starting to think teachers deserve the long holidays."

While the closures of school have made it tricky for children to continue their education, experts previously told The Independent that there are tactics - such as maintaining a routine - that can make it easier to keep kids healthy, happy and learning during the pandemic.

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