Jordan Rudzinski, Chattanooga, Tenn. – Excuses are everywhere and absolutely present in the educational world.
Many students think that they are clever with their excuses and assume that teachers and professors do not think twice about it. In reality, teachers know just about every excuse there is.
As a result, there are many different categories of excuses. Some examples are generic, crazy and exaggerated lies, brutally honest, and silent excuses.
Generic excuses would be excuses that one hears all the time. The most common being, “My dog ate my homework”.
Emily Sharpe, a student teacher, said “Some of my favorites are; ‘I didn’t know we had anything due;’‘You never game me the handout;’ and ‘I thought you said next week.’”
She adds that the best generic excuse she has gotten was that the student confessed that he/she thought he/she didn’t really have to do the assignment. This just goes to show either students truly think they can pull one over on teachers or just don’t have enough time or effort to come up with a better excuse.
Crazy and exaggerated excuses can go hand in hand. A crazy excuse would imply something you could not imagine being real life, like something from a book or movie.
Exaggerated excuses are lies that you put so much detail into and run your story around in a circle to confuse the professor into believing you, mostly because they have no idea what you’re talking about after a while.
“One time I had a student say that their mother suddenly went out of town to Chicago. The student swore they had left their binder only for this class in her car and was unsure of when their mom would be returning,” Sharpe said.
She strongly emphasizes the fact that the student was only missing one binder, specifically for the one class he/she had something due in.
Brutally honest excuses come from those students that just don’t have time to make up a story.
Joe Martin, former high school teacher, said “One time a student told me he couldn’t make it to class because he had stayed up all night waiting to buy the new Xbox game and then played it until 5 in the morning.”
These types of students most likely assume that the teacher or professor will be understanding or have the heart to give them credit for being honest.
Paula Bulgier, an Anthropology professor, added “I think not making it to class to pledge for a fraternity is the craziest excuse.”
One of the most unique excuses is silence. These kind of excuses come more often than any other type.
Most students will just expect a professor or teacher to extend dates, let them make up a quiz, or turn homework in late for no excuse at all.
“I believe the most heard excuse”, said Melanie Wrye, current middle school teacher, “is no excuse at all.”
Although teachers have caught on throughout the decades and have heard just about every excuse, they are still shocked by the amount of excuses they receive each year.
Whether students are giving generic excuses or exaggerated stories, students will continue to use excuses for missing things or asking for extensions.
Teachers and professors have learned to not always believe every excuse they hear. All kinds of things happen, but not as often as students play it out to be.
Students need to be prepared the next time their dog eats their homework, their professor may not believe them.