Is Google a Better Teacher than My Son’s Teacher?

My son is in 5th grade and the homework has gotten stupid hard. There’s a reason Are You Smarter than a 5th Grader? was such a successful game show. Friends, none of us are smarter than a 5th grader – except maybe 5th grade teachers…maybe.

Listen, America’s teachers have it hard. My son is in a class of 34 students and because he’s not one of the kids struggling to keep up, he’s essentially ignored. Despite his short stature and nearsightedness, he’s been moved to the last row of the classroom, behind an almost 12 year old kid that he can’t see in front of. He’s not struggling in school yet, but that’s only due to the gobs of educational attention I personally bestow with the help of almighty Google. I don’t remember how to do distributive property off the top of my head! And the roles and responsibilities of each branch of government? Yeah, I don’t know that either.

It’s hard to know who is to blame. I don’t know if it’s my son’s teacher, the curriculum, a lack of focus in the classroom, or a combination of all three, but we spend way more time on Google learning how to do his homework than we should.

The way I’ve always understood it, teachers introduce concepts in the¬†classroom and assign homework to practice¬†those concepts, only it’s not quite working out that way. Instead, he’s given homework he doesn’t know how to do so we turn to Professor Google to muddle through basic instruction before homework can even begin. The process is time-consuming and frustrating for both of us.

I’m all too willing to spend time and energy on my son’s education, but I am not a teacher. Sheesh, if I trusted myself with my son’s education, I’d homeschool.

But for now there’s just me and Professor Google; heaven help us all.

Tell me, do you spend way too much time teaching your kid?

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