Homework Sucks!

I know this is a little off topic, but I just finished helping my fifth grader write a realistic fiction paper.  I don’t know where his teacher lives or what kind of car she drives, but she needs to start sleeping with one eye open.

So the project involved my apparently inarticulate 10 year old son writing a realistic fiction paper and then having a parent edit it.  What?  Am I now qualified to start drawing a teachers pension (I do live in Illinois after all so it’s not a crazy question).

So he hands me the paper which is 3 pages long and contains exactly 1 paragraph.  It honest to god was 3 pages of random thought stream of consciousness sentences.  On top of that, the teacher sent home a 3 page question and answer sheet for the editor to critique the paper.  I know right?

So now I am sitting in my kitchen trying to explain sentence and paragraph structure to a 10 year old boy.  I think I would have had better luck explaining to him what girls are thinking.

Oh, I spent at least the first hour trying to work with him, but in the spirit of not killing him, I took over the project.  Let’s just say it’s a great coming of age story where friends become enemies and enemies become friends.  I can’t wait to learn if I am truly smarter than a 5th grader.

At least I know now where CBS gets it 2 BROKE GIRL writers.


2 Comments on Homework Sucks!

  1. Very funny post. My 8th grade son just had the same type of parent-edit paper in Language Arts. My husband, an 8th grade Language Arts teacher, edited every sentence. My son better get an “A” on that assignment.

  2. Midwest Mike // November 13, 2012 at 10:42 pm //

    I had to take over a project for one of my kids when they were in 5th grade. It was a science project and I created the solar system out of styrofoam and various other materials that I could find at a 24hour grocery store when I found out at Midnight on Sunday that the project was due on Monday.

    I got a C- on the project. It’s been 12 years and I’m still mad about it.

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