ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A homework hotline is helping students and parents with homework problems once they leave school.
“Parents can’t help and we’re an easy resource for them,” said Michael Parsons, the director for Dial-A-Teacher.
From Monday through Thursday starting at 5:30 p.m. and going through 8:30 p.m. Parsons and a few other teachers take calls from students and parents needing help with homework.
The struggle of working through problems at home without a teacher present is something the teachers union knows a little something about.
“I sat at the kitchen table every night because of algebra. I needed him to help me understand what, to me, at that point was very abstract math,” said Ellen Bernstein, President of the Albuquerque Teachers Federation.
In fact, math questions take up majority of their calls. Parson says more parents are having trouble helping their kids because of the constant changes in teaching styles.
“The focus has changed with common core, and it leaves a lot of the parents behind as far as the procedures.”
While the on-call teachers admit they may not know the answer to every problem, they do promise to help as much as they can.
“They take as much time with every student that they need to, to make sure the students comfortable enough to move on independently,” said Bernstein.
Teachers say if no one answers your call during their working hours, just to call back.
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