OK, Who Else Got A Homework Assignment Email During Winter Break For Their Kids?

We-the-people-schoolhouse-rock-001Our winter break has been lovely. Holidays and birthdays have been celebrated, the house is officially undecorated, the ham is gone from the refrigerator. My children have been enjoying their Christmas gift books but haven’t had any homework assignments until I received this email a few days ago. The letter started out innocently enough:

Hope everyone is having a restful break! If you are bored, or your child is, I might have a solution! When we come back from break we are going to be starting our big government chapter. This involves branches of government, levels of government, as well as the Preamble.

And then stated how it would be most helpful if my child had memorized the preamble to the constitution using the Schoolhouse Rock video, that so many of us are familiar with because we grew up with it.

Now is it stuck in your brain like it is stuck in my brain, forever? I swear, we have listened to this hundreds of times. All of my children are walking around my house singing it nonstop. I catch myself humming it while doing housework. This song is officially the soundtrack to my life now. I know it’s important that kids learn about history and are prepared to get back into the swing of things when they are back from break but I swear, if I have to hear this one more time I’m going to collapse in a pile of goo on the floor or else forbid anyone in my family from ever speaking of the constitution again.

It could have been much worse. We could have received an assignment to build a volcano or construct a diorama of the signing of the constitution or something, but Schoolhouse Rock is now officially ruined for me. I used to think it was cute, charming and retro kitschy but now it makes my ears bleed. I know I could have just made my kid memorize the actual preamble, but his teacher said that she uses the Schoolhouse Rock version so we should familiarize our kids using that one.

And oh boy, are we ever familiar.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/paul.white.3532507 Paul White

    That’s…really damn annoying. I mean, it’s one thing to have an assignment over break, but to have it sent out as an assignment while you’re gone? That’s just crap.

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter


  • Daisy

    I’m very curious what grade this is for. I can’t think of an age group that is suited to both cartoons, and memorizing a chunk of the constitution (although I do know that sort of thing is much more heavily emphasized in the US). I find it both baffling and amusing.
    When I was in grade 10 (and a little bit in grade 8), we learned that there was a thing called the BNA Act that established Canada as a somewhat independent country, and its process of repatriation from Britain, and some of the general ideas in the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. But we definitely never had to memorize any of it, and we were way too old for Schoolhouse Rock. (Then again, maybe we were old enough that we would have thought it was hilarious and loved it!)

    • http://www.xojane.com/author/eve Eve Vawter

      5th grade! It was amusing… until I had to listen to it 38383939 times :(

  • Syaoran Li

    I’m in 8th grade and I got homework over the break from two subjects. And both were these really long projects that included an outrageous amount of writing. It’s just so tedious that I decided to finish it all the day before school reopens. Sigh, some teachers don’t know the definition of “break.”