Updated: Oct 2, 2018
Teachers, I love you. I do. To put up with the crap that you do on a daily (hourly) basis and still have the stamina to come to work (in a drug and alcohol free environment) the next day - that's a testimony to your saintly nature.
Buuuuuuuut, (okay, hold up, I know what some of you are thinking. What do you mean "but" you can't have a "but." Love is supposed to be unconditional. You can't say you love something or someone and then say but....) I don't not love teachers because I'm saying but. I love my husband BUT that man does not put things away when he's done using them.
I still love him.
I would just love him to change that (super-freaking-annoying!) habit.
I'm guessing (he's not here at the moment so I can't confirm) that he would say he loves me but he is 2000% over my need to "drive" even when I'm not exactly in the driver's seat - per se. Does he love me? I think yes. Does he love that part about me? I'm going to go with "things that make you say, no."
So, I can (and will) add a but in here.
But, my awesome teachers of the world - why, oh why, do some of you feel the need to give two hours worth of homework for your one class?
Seriously. Could you just LIGHTEN THE HECK UP A BIT on the givings of the chapters or the exercises or the definitions?? Do you ever wonder how long it takes the average student to complete the homework assignments you give? Cause that's what I've got here folks, some average kids that do great things every once in a while. And to be honest, that's what most other people have too.
Annnnnd, if you give two hours of homework for your class and all the other teachers gave two for their classes - well I'm no mathematician, kids, but that's a whole lotta freaking hours of an evening/night/possibly into the next morning spent on homework.
Blessedly, not all of you choose this method of teaching. (Love you. Love you so much I could pinch your cheeks,) which leaves me to wonder - why do any of you choose this method?
Does anyone ever talk to you about the tears,
the frustration and the pulling out of the hair that goes on when that much homework comes home? And that's just my reaction, you can't imagine the torment of the kid actually assigned that task.
I'm sure, good teacher, that if you're reading this and you're "a lover of kids who need a little extra home-time nudge" that you do, very much, like kids. I have zero idea how someone in your occupation could not like kids and still go to work sober each day. I mean no disrespect to your teaching method as it is better than my teaching method (scratch head, let's Google it) but perhaps tomorrow, or some day in the near future you could poll your students and ask them how long it took for them to complete their previous night's homework.
Maybe (just in case, I'm not saying I'm right here or anything) if you hear numbers that are a little higher than you thought they would be, you might consider assigning just an eeensy bit less. (Or emailing an answer key to the parents, that seems like a nice solution too, just saying.)
Also, I apologize for all the times I've told my children, "just get through this, you can forget it when the test is over. Trust me, no one will ever ask you if you can identify the subordinating conjunction (or some such task) again in your life unless you become a teacher in this particular subject."
Annnnnnd I may have taught my kids to do long division my way because, even I couldn't get the answer the way they learned.
This is why you are the master knowledge-giver and I'm just a mom who thanks you from the bottom of her wacky heart for teaching my hoodlums - well, anything that you can teach them.