Necessity Is The Mother Of Inventing Your Son’s Homework

Learning | May 9, 2013

(A student had turned in a paper obviously not written by him. After he gets a failing grade, his mom asks for a conference.)

Mom: “I don’t understand why my son got a failing grade on this project.”

Me: “Well, ma’am, he didn’t follow directions and the paper didn’t sound like he wrote it.”

Mom: “Of course he did. I have worked very hard with him on his writing skills.”

Me: “When I asked him questions about what he wrote, he didn’t know the answers.”

Mom: “What kind of questions? Maybe the questions were too hard.”

Me: “He didn’t know the title of his project.”

Mom: “Well, that’s easy. It’s [title].”

Me: “Yes, ma’am. I know that and you know that, but your son does not know that. Sorry, but his failing grade stands.”

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