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Drew Barrymore says she has been brought to tears over home schooling her children during COVID-19 outbreak

Homeschooling hasn’t been easy for Drew Barrymore

Drew Barrymore attends The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project fundraiser at The Africa Center on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Drew Barrymore attends The Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project fundraiser at The Africa Center on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
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Drew Barrymore recently revealed that she has been brought to tears over home schooling her children during the COVID-19 outbreak.

What happened:

  • Barrymore spoke on the “Today” show through video chat about what her family has been doing during the coronavirus pandemic quarantine. She said she has had to help teach her daughters — Olive, 7, and Frankie, 4 — while at home during the pandemic.
  • She said that once “school started ... it all went out the window.”
  • “I don’t know if there are good days and bad days. I think there are good hours and bad hours. I cried every day, all day long. It was like every church and state. It was the messiest plate I’ve ever held in my life to be the teacher, the parent, the disciplinarian, the caretaker.”
  • “And I thought ... teachers have children (of their own). Do they survive it because they get to go away and work with other kids? Have they had their children in their classroom? How did this all work?’”
  • “I didn’t think I needed to respect and appreciate teachers any more than I did,” she said. “Then you start to get some systems and you see people on social media making lists and you’re like, aaarghh. You find your way. You’re resilient.”

How home-school affects America

  • Millions of Americans have been forced to home-school their children with the shutdown of schools across the country. Some schools offer online learning opportunities, sure. But parents remain at the forefront to encourage their children to engage with their work.
  • Johanna Williams a busy working mom of four children, told the Deseret News, “It’s a lot.”
  • She added: “I can’t help my (junior high-age) son with his math. I’m terrible at math. He’s really on his own there.”
  • And, she said, “I’m noticing that our bandwidth is not enough.”