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This Teacher Was Surprised By A Straight A+ Student Who Asked To Give His 5 Bonus Points To Any Peer With The Lowest Test Score
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This Teacher Was Surprised By A Straight A+ Student Who Asked To Give His 5 Bonus Points To Any Peer With The Lowest Test Score

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

Image credits: Winston Lee

“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.

Many people praised the boy for his kindness

However, not everyone agreed with the teacher’s decision to honor the student’s request

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Clavelle
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The point of this story is a simple act of kindness. Let's acknowledge and appreciate that the A+ student sacrificed his points for his fellow student. Passing the test with the five points made that kid's day. It will hopefully teach him to pay it forward and perhaps encourage him to push himself to earn the five points on his own. Odds are that the 5 points being added to a test isnt going to happen every time. I'm just glad that there are kids out there willing to help their peers when the need it.

onitsuka
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2 years ago

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He didn't help anyone though. To actually help his peers would mean identifying the lowest scorers and offering to tutor them so they score better on the next test. This is education, not someone's cup of coffee in the morning.

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Batty
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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Although this likely didn't make a huge impact on the student's grade, it probably made a huge impact on their happiness. Kudos to that sweet donor, may they go far in life

Kaseylulu
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You are absolutely right. 5 points is pretty minuscule to impact the grade much but having someone do a small act of kindness for you has the potential to change your heart.

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Colin L
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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, I applaud the generosity of the student... and that's not how grades work. Now what could be more meaningful is if this star pupil asked who needed help tutoring and offer homework help, test taking strategies, and things like that. Teaching helps both the teacher to master the material as well as the student. (I say this as an expienced teacher).

Firework
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some people study and try really hard but just don't understand it.

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Clavelle
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

The point of this story is a simple act of kindness. Let's acknowledge and appreciate that the A+ student sacrificed his points for his fellow student. Passing the test with the five points made that kid's day. It will hopefully teach him to pay it forward and perhaps encourage him to push himself to earn the five points on his own. Odds are that the 5 points being added to a test isnt going to happen every time. I'm just glad that there are kids out there willing to help their peers when the need it.

onitsuka
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2 years ago

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He didn't help anyone though. To actually help his peers would mean identifying the lowest scorers and offering to tutor them so they score better on the next test. This is education, not someone's cup of coffee in the morning.

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Batty
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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Although this likely didn't make a huge impact on the student's grade, it probably made a huge impact on their happiness. Kudos to that sweet donor, may they go far in life

Kaseylulu
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

You are absolutely right. 5 points is pretty minuscule to impact the grade much but having someone do a small act of kindness for you has the potential to change your heart.

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Colin L
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2 years ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, I applaud the generosity of the student... and that's not how grades work. Now what could be more meaningful is if this star pupil asked who needed help tutoring and offer homework help, test taking strategies, and things like that. Teaching helps both the teacher to master the material as well as the student. (I say this as an expienced teacher).

Firework
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2 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Some people study and try really hard but just don't understand it.

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