Excuses Used at School

Cheyenna Hall 

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Teachers and students alike have heard many excuses at school. Even if they aren’t the ones making the excuses they still remember them. 

“There was homework??” and “What’s today?” are both excuses used by Kailyn McKay who is a ninth grader at ACA.

These excuses make it sound like she was oblivious to the homework that was due and makes it look like she was the one who made the mistake instead of putting the blame onto someone else. An example of putting the blame on the teacher would be

“Oh, I don’t remember you telling me there was homework.” or “You didn’t say that it was due today.” These are just examples of putting the blame on someone else when trying to think up an excuse to cover up your mistakes. 

“I don’t even care, I’m gonna fail anyways,” 

McKay also said to one of her teachers. 

“I didn’t have time to do this class homework because I was trying to stay in the hundreds club for math,” used by Chloe Lute.

In Mrs. Best’s math class at ACA, there is something called the hundreds club, in which three extra points are awarded on tests and quizzes as an incentive to turn all your homework in on time.

Mrs. Best has a reputation for assigning more homework than most teachers, so diligence is necessary to complete homework on time. in order to stay in the hundreds club. 

Mr. Lancaster who is an ES (Educational Specialist) the  teacher of Journalism and a few other classes at ACA said, “Most students’ excuses are about math homework and how they don’t always have time to do both of the classes’ homework.” 

Chloe Lute an eleventh grader at ACA supports Mr. Lancaster’s opinion and explains that all math classes require a lot of time and brain power. 

“I didn’t have time” is the excuse that Mr. Toth a math teacher at ACA receives most often. His response to this is to train them to use this more accurate answer instead, “I did not make the time (to do my homework).” 

Mrs. Whittet, an Algebra teacher at ACA, said the most used excuse that she hears is:

 “The family had an activity that kept them away from doing homework (ie. camping trip, vacation, visit to Grandma’s house).”

“I didn’t do anything.” 

An excuse used by Jack Taggart a tenth grader at ACA, is more realistic because some students such as Lute and Jack don’t have as much time to complete all of there homework. 

Although most teachers wouldn’t be happy to hear this excuse, they will respect the student more for saying what actually happened, and not an exaggeration on why they were late or didn’t complete an assignment. After Taggart used that excuse he did do his homework. An excuse also used by Taggart is one of the most basic excuses: “The dog ate my homework.” 

This is one that people definitely remember because it is used so often and usually doesn’t hold much truth.  Unless…

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…but they’ll never believe it. 


Taggert, Jack – personal interview. December 16, 2019

Mckay, Kailyn – personal email interview. December 16, 2019 

Lute, Chloe – personal interview. December 16, 2019 

Lancaster, Michael – personal interview. December 16, 2019 

Toth, David – personal email interview. December 19, 2019

Whittet, Debbie – personal email interview. December 19, 2019