To any teachers out there:
What is the most ridiculous excuse you've ever heard a child offer for failure to turn in an assignment?
One student told me one time that her dog ate the homework which she had just finished and was getting ready to submit!!
A student told me he couldn't do his homework because grandma sold his book at the garage sale.
My favourite - one student reported that their disk was damaged because it was on the back of the seat in the car's window, and burnt in the summer sun.
But I've had so many fantastic excuses when teaching in IT at uni:
The car was stolen containing all uni work and books (this was actually legit - gave me the police report to prove it!) One moved house and couldn't find the box in time. One returned from a holiday to find the house robbed, including text books and computer. The living room flooded and destroyed everything that was paper and wood (and the computer). Lightning destroyed the computer. A virus (computer) corrupted the file. Parents re-installed the computer without backing up documents/work. Spilled coke on the keyboard (couldn't type), or on their floppy disk in their bag. And so many more!
A student once told me that his mother didn't have time to do his homework for him!
Actually, it was the parent, who told me he could no longer do his kid's homework for him because the algebra was over his head. Then he asked why we gave homework, anyway, because it was supposed to be done at school and the parents were not being paid for extra help!!!
One student told me he couldn't do his homework because his house burnt down. I thought he was just trying to be funny but I later learnt his house really had burnt down.
"Miss we had visitors over and I had to entertain" from a 9 year old.
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