Now this story will make you tear up, I promise.
“I do a “YouTube of the Day” with them every morning. Kids can send in a short YouTube video for me to show to the class, I preview it, and if it’s appropriate, I play it. So this morning, Harry comes up to me and says, “I have a video I want to play.” Now, I preview things for a reason. There are enough horror stories out there of teachers accidentally showing their kids porn for me to be very careful what I show my class. So I tell him to send it to me because, y’know, them’s the rules. “I really want to show it,” he says back. “You’ll like it, I promise. It’s a music video.”
Harry puts on the music video for the rapper Macklemore’s gay rights anthem “Same Love,” produced by Ryan Lewis.
“And there’s Harry, proudly watching along with the rest of the class as the artist stands up for those gay kids who struggle, and the video shows a difficult, lonely life culminating in a fabulous wedding. Harry. My “tough kid.” The video finishes, the kids applaud, and I thank him, and he says to me, “I told you you’d like it.” And then his loud, rude friend Mark says: “That was for you, Mr. K.” The whole class applauded again – for me this time – and then I cried. I cried the proudest tears I have ever shed.”
This story put the biggest smile on my face. It just goes to show that people are always full of surprises. It also shows that Mr. K is an amazing teacher.
Check out Macklemore’s hit song “Same Love” below.