This professor held a baby in class so his student could “take good notes.” Nathan Alexander, a professor at Morehouse College, held student Wayne Hayer’s baby on his chest during an algebra class.
Hayer couldn’t find child care for his five-month-old daughter, so he brought her to campus.
“I was nervous to go to class,” he explained to CNN. “Morehouse is an all-male college and seeing me with a baby strapped to me would make all eyes be on me.”
After Hayer explained the situation to Alexander, another student tweeted that the professor told Hayer, “I’ll hold her so you can take good notes.”
“Part of my role and goal as educator is to provide opportunities for students. We work to build a community in class,” Alexander said. “She was really behaved and even started to fall asleep at the end. We had a bottle ready on standby, if needed. We enjoyed having her energy in class.”
The act of kindness quickly went viral on social media and other students noted the strength of their community the small act showed.
The department of Health and Human Services recommends that child care cost less than 7% of a parent’s salary. But child care costs in the U.S. have skyrocketed over the last decade with a national average of $9,000 to $9,600 per year.