Time passes like on The Island from Lost.

My students were taking a test in class, and time was quickly running out.  I let them know:


“You have ten minutes to finish your test.”

One of my students, distraught at this news, asked me:

“But I thought class end at 1:10?”

I confirmed his belief, saying:

“It does, and it is 1:00 now.”

My student, relieved, sighed and said:

“Oh okay, good…so I got half an hour.”



9 thoughts on “Time passes like on The Island from Lost.

  1. Thank you for providing a narrative on such an important issue! My father, both of my brothers, and my two sisters are all educators across a wide spectrum of public education. They work in inner-city, suburban, and rural schools. Although they all work in very different neighborhoods with different age groups, the stories are all the same, but with some similar and scary trends:

    1) Parents are more vocally than ever defending their children’s bad behavior.
    Ex. My brother confiscates a cell phone because a student was using it during a test to text answers. Before the end of the day his parents had forced the principal to confront my brother and return the phone. (cell phones are not allowed at school)

    2) Parents are teaching less.
    Ex. My sister encouraged her bright ten year old student to go to the planetarium to chase her new-found interest in stars (tickets provided by the school). The little girl came in the next Monday in tears… her father “had football on TV all weekend”, she said. The tickets were never used. When my sister told me, it was not the first time I saw her cry about one of these situations.

    3) Students have less common sense.
    Ex. It seems like every member of my family has a good story about how their students lack the basic knowledge to survive in the real world. My brother described a 17 year old who did not know how to mail a letter (a hilarious but sad story). There are countless more (as middleschoolproverbs has shown).

    I’m the only person in my family not to become an educator… mostly because of these stories. I do, however, encourage anyone reading this to teach your children well.

    Sorry, I didn’t mean to get preachy, I think you just hit a nerve with me :).

    • Thank you for reading! I agree with everything you’ve written. I assigned homework once that required internet use, and a few of my students said they could not complete it for one of two reasons. Either “my mom/dad was on the computer and wouldn’t let me use it, even though I told them it was for homework” or “I don’t have a computer and my parents wouldn’t take me to the library because they didn’t want to have to sit there and wait”. How, pray tell, should someone teach kids who are interested enough to learn, yet have zero parental involvement/motivation. Hurts my heart.

      • Until the internet is like electricity, teachers shouldn’t be making assignments require it. Not their fault.

      • I agree, but since it was mandated by my school, I was told that the students without internet access at home should be told to go to either go the library or stay after school in the computer lab. They had options, but decided not to complete the work.

  2. I really, honest to god, have no idea where to begin on this. See, it’s stuff like this why I refused to become a teacher and instead went into construction. I have absolutely no tolerance for stupidity and am not sure I could keep from swearing in a classroom.

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