Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s tweet recently where he offered Canadian kids homework help, seems to have backfired if one goes by the reactions on social media. Here’s that controversial quote:
“Hey kids, I know we’re going through a difficult time right now and it’s not made any easier by the fact that you have to do your homework around the kitchen table, I think parents across the country are discovering a new appreciation for the incredible work that teachers do. Well, as a teacher I want to help.”
He invited parents and kids to share with him “really tough” questions.
“My friends and I will be happy to try and help you out because, after all, the way we’re going to get through this is by pulling together.”
Some Twitter users managed to connect the prime minister’s offer of homework help during the COVID-19 crisis to wild, false conspiracy theories related to pedophilia.
Others claimed Trudeau’s offer was reminiscent of Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin or chose to attack his past career as a drama teacher, and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.
Twitter users raised divisive issues such as the SNC-Lavalin scandal, gun control, carbon tax, budget deficit and photos of him wearing blackface that surfaced during the 2019 federal election.
Many parents, who are overseeing their kids’ French, math and science classes during the coronavirus lockdown — topics they admittedly know very little about — thought #CanadaHomeworkHelp was a good idea.
Many who read the tweet however think people are reading too much into this homework offer. At best some thought the issue didn’t merit any airtime or attention and should really be considered a light-hearted joke.
But what would really be a welcome tweet is if PM Trudeau pledged to speed up E-learning through special initiatives so that in the event of another pandemic down the line, the education of students is not impacted so horribly as it is during this trying COVID-19 times.