Whether you are starting third grade or going to get your doctorates in biochemistry, getting an education involves a lot of moving parts. There are tests (ugh), evaluations (double ugh), and the ever-luminous threat of homework (triple ugh with a cherry on top). The learning process truly never ends, even after the bell rings or the professor dismisses you.
It was daunting enough to be stuck seated in a classroom for hours on end, but teachers had a big way of extending our school day stress. Homework always put a damper on our evenings, but it was a necessary part of the education process. That doesn't mean students don't slack off on their daily dose of homework from time to time — we've all been there.
Teachers have heard them all. From "the dog ate my homework" to "I forgot we had any" (my personal favorite), sometimes you just don't find the time or energy to get things done. Some homework excuses are better than others, and one child's excuse note is going viral — because it's just that good. You have to see it to believe it, my friends.
This Takes The Prize For Best Homework Excuse EVER
Written by a parent for their daughter named Maddie, the note states that Maddie wasn't able to finish her homework due to "big family news," and the parent asks if their daughter can have an extension. The huge family event? Maddie's grandfather won a Nobel Prize — you don't hear that every day!
This surprising excuse note has been viewed on Imgur over 1.5 million times, and people just can't handle how perfect it is. Further research has proven that this note is no hoax. Maddie definitely has some big shoes to fill in the educational world.
Scientists Tomas Lindahl, Paul Modrich, and Aziz Sancar on the Nobel Prize in Chemistry, for their strides in the research of genetic repair. This is a pretty noteworthy accomplishment — and definitely a reasonable excuse for an extended homework deadline. Unfortunately, some internet users were not impressed with this parent's excuse, because, there is always a party pooper.
Many Imgur users were not on board with Maddie's excuse to neglect her homework, despite its root in academic excellence. The note received a ton of backlash. Leaving us all wondering, since when did homework become such a huge deal?
Maddie's lack of dedication to after-school work seems to have upset people all over the internet. They even brought Maddie's grandfather into it, stating, "I don't think her grandpa would be proud of her for skipping out on homework because of his accomplishments." Leave it to the internet to take things a little too far.
“Her grandfather is out winning Nobel prizes and she can’t even do her homework? Failure of the family," one person stated. Although we can hope that many of the comments were wittingly sarcastic, everyone needs to back off and give Maddie a break. On the other hand, some Imgur users are ready to put this ingenious excuse to use one day.
Luckily, some internet users still have a sense of humor. "I am keeping that one under the best excuses for my future children for when I am a slacker parent," one Imgur user wrote. The future of homework as we know is unclear since research has shown that it may not even be so beneficial to students.
Although some researchers believe that more homework leads to higher achievement, others are skeptical of this correlation. "Does homework cause achievement, or do high achievers do more homework?” stated Cathy Vatterott, an education professor at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. Some teachers are even choosing to forgo homework, entirely.
Those are the best teachers, amiright?
One Texas Teacher Went Viral For Her No-Homework Policy
A Texas teacher named Brandy Young went viral last year for sending this note home to parents. It stated that "research has been unable to prove that homework improves student performance," and she stated that the only homework will be unfinished work from school hours. The teacher suggests doing other things with your child, such as eating dinner as a family.
Although not everyone agrees with Maddie's excuse for missing out on her homework, we can all agree that spending time with family is an important part of childhood. Enjoying a meal, going to the park, or simply relaxing after a long day of school are just as important as hitting the books for a student's development. Kids will be kids, so we should let them enjoy it.
Students of all ages can get overwhelmed by the stress and demands of school. Maddie's note serves as a reminder that it's okay to have a life outside of your education, no matter what your excuse. Congrats to Maddie's grandfather and her entire family — may Maddie stay inspired in and out of the classroom!