Sunday, July 9, 2017

A professor who teaches by example

Morgan King, shown below, is 21. When she attends classes at the University of Tennessee Department of Child and Family studies, her grandparents look after her three-year-old daughter Korbyn. But one day they were unable to help, and Morgan couldn't find a sitter. So she emailed her professor, Sally Hunter, explaining why she missed class. Many educators would reply curtly to an excuse like hers, but Hunter was different.

"I'm sorry that childcare issues caused you to miss class today," she emailed Morgan. "In the future, please feel free to bring her with you to class. I would be delighted to hold her while I teach, so you can pay attention and take notes." She added, "How terrible would it be if I was unwilling to have a child visit our class! I'm very serious about this offer -- just bring Korbyn with you!" Her offer was republished thousands of times on social media, earning Professor Hunter an A+ for kindness.

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