You can witness rivalry everywhere. It’s common in business, sports, and various organizations. Of course, schools are no exception. That’s where we learn to compete from an early age. While competition makes us perform better at certain tasks, it hardly ever teaches us to help others. So it’s surprising to see instances where kids choose to be kind to others instead of working hard to be the best. One of those kids is a student of Winston Lee.
Recently, Lee, a history teacher from Kentucky, shared a test with a heartwarming note written by one of his students. “Our students, though often faced with difficult circumstance, never cease to amaze. They too, can be hard-working, caring, and good,” Lee told Bored Panda.
The high schooler, who is a straight A+ student, asked the teacher to give his 5 bonus points to the student in his class who scored the lowest on the test. While the student had a chance to gain 99 points on the test, by giving away his extra points he decided to show kindness to someone who needed them more than he did. “The guy is awesome. We’ve had huge political debates in class this year (we keep it friendly), and my man always has some awesome, intelligent input,” the history teacher said.
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Recently, a history teacher from Kentucky was surprised by a note he found in one of his student’s tests
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“Students had played an interactive review game the day before, playing along on an app in attempt to score points by answering questions concerning the exam content. Of course, he killed it, earning him 5 bonus points for the WWII exam.”
Lee was left in awe by the boy’s selflessness: “Most honor students cling to every point possible!”
The teacher decided to honor the student’s request. This act of kindness actually helped the boy’s peer to pass the test. “No doubt a peculiar situation, but the points are his and he wishes to kindly gift them to someone else. Honored and granted! Another student scores a 58% (needs a 60% to pass). Boom, now a 63%,” the teacher said.
Image credits: Winston Lee
“She was grateful for the mystery points and I pray she pays it forward. As is the ultimate lesson on the day. Ah, other questions to mind, “correct classroom procedure?”, I’m not sure. “Is being led by compassion, kindness, and love, ever considered a wrong answer?”. Oddly enough, the student has taught the lesson.”
While many people praised the hard-working student for his generosity, others didn’t think the teacher made the right choice. After all, the test scores are supposed to reflect the student’s knowledge and should not be given away freely, some of them have said. Let us know what you think in the comments.