College professor’s touching gesture leaves single mom in tears

25 Sep 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

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A college professor in Tennessee quickly became a social media rock star when a student shared a photo of him on Facebook consoling a student’s child while teaching a class. In the image that’s being recognized as a great act of concern for a student’s achievement, Joel Bunkowske lectures on interpersonal communication at DeVry University in Nashville while holding a baby on his hip. Bunkowske received a call from student Amanda Osbon, informing him that she would be unable to attend that night, ABC News reports. “She had a situation where she had a babysitter lined up and the babysitter didn’t show up for some reason,” Bunkowske said. “My response was ‘It’s a whole lot better if you come to class because I’d hate for you to miss a class.’ To stop someone from getting that education because of a life circumstance, I think is a travesty.” Ms. Moved by her professor’s action, Osbon said, “she hopes the photo of Bunkowske and Xzavier motivates single parents to continue fighting for their dreams, no matter what obstacles they may face.” “Never give up because you’ll never know who’s on your side,” she said. “For him to allow my son to come to school, for him to hold my son, he went from being just an educator to being a compassionate human being. According to a 2013 report by the American Association of University Women, more than 4 million women attend two-year public institutions or community colleges, and more than 1 million of them are mothers.

The AAUW reports that relative to students who don’t have dependent children, student parents are more likely to drop out of school, due to caregiving responsibilities and limited financial resources. “This solution would provide multiple benefits. And, it would allow students who may be pursuing degrees in education to get some hands-on experience at a convenient location.” Through the Child Care Access Means Parents in School program, the federal government does provide funding for on-campus child care services.

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