This post is going to be filled with real talk about remote learning. A talk some may not want to hear or do not agree with, but it is something that needs to be said so I am going to get it off my chest.
Remote learning sucks!! There I said it. It is hard to get your kid motivated to work on their school work as if they are in school. It is hard to work from home and be a teacher to my kids not to mention a chef, a maid, a gardener, a dog wrangler, and the countless other things I do daily. I am one person but I feel like I have to be 12 people at one time.
The math makes no sense… who the heck came up with this common core, new math crap. What was wrong with just math we have been doing for centuries.
Why do planets keep on changing? Is Pluto a planet or is it a moon or a star or a small yet big mass we don’t know what to call it?
When did they name so many different clouds. When I was in school there was only 3 types.
I have used google to lookup more grammatical terms than recipes lately.
This remote learning sucks, it isn’t fun and I don’t like it!!!
However, I am doing it with my kids. I must do it with my kids no matter the headache it may cause or the unflattering bald patches I may have from ripping my hair out in frustration.
If I give up on remote learning I am showing my kids that because thing are tough and hard to manage it is okay to give up, and they will still get everything they think they deserve… like going to the next grade.
Honestly, parents, if our bosses told us to do something that overwhelmed us and we just decided it was too much and didn’t do it, ask yourself would we still have jobs? Would we be able to pay our bills? I think not.
I know the studies show that we need to take it easy on our kids that the stress and anxiety this pandemic creates is hard on them. I get that and I see that everyday in my kids, but I also know just giving them a free pass will in no way help them in their future.
Has anyone stopped to think that this naïve behavior of the milianals not staying in during the stay in orders was more about how they were raised than just their age. We gave them trophies just for participating, we let them believe that ignorance is so blissful that many of them will just live in a constant state of ignorance. They were taught to worry about themselves first and others around them last.
So now we are giving parents a pass by saying hey it is hard if you feel your kid is too stressed out then do what you can or just for go remote learning…. Now that is just bull honky!!!
What if the schools say we are going to test every student and make sure they will be placed in the correct grade? Would you pitch a fit over that?
If one kid is not doing the work and their parents gave up on remote learning and now is behind what happens to those kids that actually did all the work and are where they need to be or ahead.
The kids that did the work suffer because the kids that did not do the work hold everyone back. It is truly a domino effect.
Remote learning isn’t just about one kid. It is about a classroom of kids. We parents are not teachers however right now we need to add another hat to the collection. We must play teacher, we must google and learn, we must communicate with the actual teacher, if need be we must hire tutors.
Giving up on a child’s education just because it is a lot or stressful is not an option. We need to teach our children that even in stressful times life goes on. We need to give them tools and ways to cope with the hardships in life instead of just letting them give up and glide through it without consequences.
I am a parent, I do work from home, I do think remote learning sucks, I do think it stresses me and my children out, but as a mom, it is my job to prepare my kids for the future. It is my job to have faith in their abilities it is my job to not let them give up!
Disclaimer: Post was written in the spring of 2020. My kids were back to face to face mask-wearing, waiver signing, learning in the fall. However, I still believe in what I wrote, and if we go back to remote learning I will suck it up again for them.
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