Cake is not for everyone. Cake expects conversations, not outbursts. But let's face it, there is very little to discuss when everyone is in agreement, unless one is asking for advice, which I rarely do, or sharing experiences from a new gadget, which I do sometimes. This is why Facebook and Twitter grew so large.
Anyway, I am trying the waters — again — with something that people normally do not post on Cake. Maybe I can be a resident farceur? I searched for "Shiri Keningsberg Levi" on Cake and, surprisingly, did not find any entries. So, here it goes. This was written a couple of months ago.
A passionate rant of an Israeli mom accumulated almost two million views in one week, becoming a viral sensation. What is more sensational about it is the reaction of the viewers.
Many commenters identify with the message of the video, which comes to “slow down with the remote schooling” and “now my children will find out how stupid their parents are” because, presumably, improper fractions cannot be comprehended by a normal person, and musical notation is something from another planet.
Comments from teachers are particularly eye-opening:
I am a teacher and you are my favourite person on the planet. Voice of reason. — heathabee
I’m a retired music teacher. I wouldn’t know what to do with a score at home.—Carol Ring
She speaks for me.—Valerie Braimah
Ok, I get that many parents raise their brows when they see sheet music, but in Israel musical education is included in standard school program, and solfège is not unheard of.
Improper fractions is middle school stuff at best, and if you don’t know how to use them, you should be ashamed of yourself. And yes, your children will finally find out how stupid you are.
As for the video itself, it is a vertical video shot in a car, which should give an impression of a spontaneous outburst made by an amateur. But it seems to have been carefully designed for massive response. Ten years ago BuzzFeed would kill for stuff like this. Considering that the woman in the video, Shiri Keningsberg Levi, is a special education teacher, I highly doubt she has problems with inverted fractions and musical notation.
By proclaiming “I am as dumb as you are,” Ms. Levi brings to limelight all those parents who wasted the time they spent in school, or was it their school that wasted their time?