There’s never been a more unusual back-to-school season than this year’s, and parents everywhere are scrambling to keep up. With different schools in different places using a variety of approaches, it’s no wonder that parents are having a tough time. One of those parents is Dena Blizzard, a comedian and mom who posts funny videos to her page, One Funny Mother. Now, the Funny Mother is back with a “simple hybrid” school model that would drive any parent nuts.
Blizzard has been sharing her irreverent take on parenthood as One Funny Mother for years now, with her videos raking in millions of views. Viewers might remember her from her “Back to School Costs Rant” video, which went viral back in 2017.
WARNING: The video contains just a little strong language.
In the classic clip, Blizzard addressed parents who complain about the cost of their kids’ school supplies. Her take? She’ll buy whatever it takes to get them out of the house.
“These teachers have been making a plan to teach your kids, and you’re all complaining about some pencils? Are you kidding me?!” the distressed mom says as she stalks through a Target. “Do you know how much I would pay them just to get my kids out of my face?”
Blizzard’s hilarious take on parental stress and the debt we owe to teachers connected with viewers, who have watched the video more than 26 million times. Ever since, Blizzard has continued making funny and insightful videos that parents relate to.
The “Simple Hybrid Model”
Her latest video covers the baffling approaches some schools are coming up with to deal with COVID-19. Playing a school administrator, Blizzard pitches a “simple hybrid model.” The back-to-school plan includes color-coded cohorts and pig Latin lessons, among other bizarre ideas.
Below is the breakdown, or skip to the end to watch the whole video firsthand.
First, Blizzard’s blithe administrator thanks parents for “taking those 72 surveys this past summer,” before explaining that all of the data was thrown out. She then lays out a list of regulations that slowly devolves into absurdity.
Classes, she says, will be split into yellow and blue cohorts — at least until the fall. After that, “they may change to Pumpkin Spice Latte and Salted Caramel.”
The plan also includes schedules where, for example, one cohort “attends on Tuesdays and alternate Thursdays, but only during months that end in the letter ‘R.'”
Blizzard makes sure to acknowledge the enormous stress that educators are facing during this time.
“[W]ednesdays are reserved for those needing extra help, and for teachers to go home early and drink themselves to sleep while questioning their life choices,” the administrator explains. “We thought that this was important for them to have that time.”
The video is full of demented examples of the model, touching on everything from living room sports to The Karate Kid. (“Not the remake, because that wasn’t as good,” the administrator clarifies.) You can watch the full video below, and check out more hysterical parenting videos on the One Funny Mother Facebook page.