We are so caught up by the negativity of this world that we tend to overlook the kindness happening all around us.
When we adults are finding it hard to see the other side of the coin, there’ll be something or someone who will remind us that kindness still exists among us.
Ironically, in this story, grown-ups will be reminded of this by an unlikely example.
A high school student.
In high school, students will start to develop their skills, and discover other talents that they possess they may not be aware of yet.
During this time, they will also begin to be competitive.
May it be academically or in other events at school like sports and talent shows, the competitive streak usually comes out.
A lot of students are so focused on competing with others trying to be the best among the rest, and that’s just normal. But while all that is happening, there are some who excel at whatever they touch and are still kind to others who are struggling.
Winston Lee is a loving father and a high school teacher from Kentucky.
He witnessed first-hand one of the purest examples of kindness. The kind gesture didn’t come from a fellow teacher or someone from the faculty. It was from one of his students.
While most students strive to be the best in class and just focus on their own academic success, one of Lee’s students, a high schooler with consistent A+, was different.
He’s proven that school isn’t just about achieving good grades.
In a Facebook post, Lee shared the “random act of kindness” from his student:
“One of my guys, a straight A+ guy, offers up his 5 bonus points to someone in need. Anyone. Totally offering up what is rightfully his, his earning, to any peer that may have been struggling especially hard the day of the test.”
He just wanted to help, as simple as that.
“He didn’t care if he considered them a friend, didn’t care if they were cool, didn’t matter to him what situation had caused them to score lower, he just wanted to help, be kind, commit a loving act.”
The student’s kindness earned kind words online.
The beautiful story has already been shared 70K times and 105K people have “reacted” to it. Thousands of people also dropped their words of praise to the beautiful story of giving.
“His parents should be very proud of their son!! Must have a thoughtful and caring teacher as well !!”
While some felt the kind gesture couldn’t be considered help.
“The smart stud has a good heart and intention but this will not help his/her other classmates to do their best to the fullest in their acads. They will not study hard but instead will just rely on their kind-hearted intelligent classmate… In other words instead of helping them to be independent, they rather become dependent.”
This commenter couldn’t agree more:
“Redistribution of points. Making the lower grade student not striving to do his best. A kind gesture of the giver but not helpful. Its like giving people fish, instead of teaching them how to fish.”
But this one made the point of the gesture clear enough:
“I think the point here is that this high scoring kid has a kind heart… The teacher has full discretion (and I agree, they shouldn’t do so) to boost the lowest scoring kid’s score, but the point is that this kid is being kind.”
I think that summarizes it. People should stop redirecting the student’s real intention to something else.
Kindness is spelled as is.
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