An Israeli mother’s frustration over homeschooling her children amid the coronavirus lockdown has gone viral after she posted a video venting.
Shiri Kenigsberg Levi was only into day two of the experience of having her four children cooped up at home when she needed to escape to her car to rant that “if we don’t die from the coronavirus, we’ll die of distance learning.”
“Listen, it’s not working, this distance learning thing,” Kenigsberg Levi began in the now-viral video which is just over a minute long, as she describes the stress she has been under trying to keep up with the education of her four children, Raz, 15, May, 14, Nir, 10, and Guy, 8, according to “Today” on NBC News.
“Seriously. It’s impossible! It’s crazy!” she continued. “Straight off in the morning, it’s only the second day, millions of WhatsApp messages.”
“I have four kids, may they be healthy, but just imagine how many WhatsApp messages, how many teachers for each child, how many subjects for each child,” the frustrated special education teacher who lives in Israel said.
“I’ve only got two computers in the house. All morning, they’re fighting over the computers,” the 41-year-old mother explained.
“One of my daughter’s teachers is living in a dream world, thinks she’ll get up at 8 a.m. to see him on the screen. Eight a.m. she only just manages to roll over in bed,” Kenigsberg Levi quipped. “Where do you get off?”
But it was her youngest son’s music teacher who really sent her over the edge by sending home a musical score to learn.
“What am I going to do with that information? What, have I got some band in the house? I can’t read music!” she exclaimed. “Just one second, let me pull out my clarinet and help my son with his score.”
Kenigsberg Levi called “enough” and told teachers to “dial it down” and “lower expectations.”
She also called out teachers who keep asking how her children are feeling.
“He’s spending the entire day on his cell phone. He’s fine! Sleeping fine, eating fine. They don’t stop eating. How’s he feeling? Ask me how I’m feeling! Falling to pieces!” she exclaimed.
“I go from one child to the other. Here’s science, here’s math, forget it! And how am I supposed to know all those things?” she wondered. “Now, our children will find out dumb we are. It’s not right. Really.”
“How am I supposed to know how to transform an improper fraction?” Kenigsberg Levi demanded, echoing the frustration of many parents.
“You’ve finished us off. It’s only the second day!” she concluded.
“If we don’t die of coronavirus, we’ll die of distance learning,” she declared, saying she “got it off my chest.”
The exasperated mother told TODAY Parents that the video “reached everyone.”
“I felt like I was speaking on their behalf,” she added.
She told Israeli news site Ynet that “humor is my therapy in life.”
“For me, it’s the cure to every crisis,” she said, adding that “this is not a vacation.”
“On vacation, the kids go out and host friends, go to friends, go to attractions. I’m being very strict right now,” she said. “We’re really at home. No one comes in and no one leaves.”
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