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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Mother May I?

Posted by Seeking Solace |

One of my students handed me a note explaining why he was absent from class on Tuesday.

Please excuse John Doe from class on Tuesday. He is under a doctor's care for the flu

John Doe's mother

I don't know what to say to that.


Inside the Philosophy Factory said...

I've had these --- and didn't know how to react either...

I'd love to ask if the mother IS the doctor? If so, then the note has some significance for the class... otherwise, it is nice to know that Mommy said he could stay home.

RageyOne said...


Anonymous said...

wow. i didn't realize you taught high school, ss.

rented life said...

lol at justme.

So you got this unprompted? I've gotten the "what if I give you a note from my mom" question, but never the actual note. huh.

Seeking Solace said...

Justme: LOL. Sometimes, I wonder if I do teach high school.

RL: Totally unprompted. He thought it would explain why he was absent.

Geeka said...

I don't understand why students even bother with excuses about not attending classes.

I can't remember the last time my advisor noticed I wasn't there. I usually don't call in or say anything to anyone, unless there is something that I needed to deal with.

Seriously, will a note from my mom work for the rest of my life? Probably not.

Abbey said...

Maybe you could send home a homework packet with his mom...just pin it too his book bag like the other kids. Oh, and make sure to have him have his mom sign his bad papers. I used to haaate that as a kid. :)

Alice said...

Good idea, Abbey! lol

Seeking Solace said...

Abbey: You are too funny!!!!

RussianViolets said...

Of course, I'm evil. I had Dude try this with me once during my first year at Dream School.

My response: "What IS this?" [in my most incredulous voice]
Dude: A note from my mom about why i was sick.
My response: This is not high school, and I don't take notes.
Dude: [turns purple and slinks away, never to bother me again]

Shaming does work, as does the illustrating of absurdity. :-)


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Psychgrad said...

LOL! I think would have a hard time not laughing my a** off in front of the student after reading his note.

I would probably explain to the student the difference between university and high school (or, maybe elementary school). Sometimes parents don't get it either. When I was sick, my dad wanted to call my professors for my homework. I was in my first year of graduate school at the time. It got to the point where I had to say "I forbid you from calling my advisor or any other professors".