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Thread: Eighth Graders Play Macklemore’s "Same Love" For Gay Teacher

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    Eighth Graders Play Macklemore's "Same Love" For Gay Teacher

    Eighth Graders Play Macklemore’s "Same Love" For Gay Teacher

    Two students planned a surprise for their teacher during the “YouTube of the Day” part of their class.

    A teacher from Ontario shared this amazing story on Reddit’s /r/education board.

    I teach Grade 8 (13-14 years old) in Ontario, Canada. I am gay, and my students have known this for about a month or so. I am in my first year of teaching, and I teach the class that is considered the “tough” class – they don’t get along well with some of their other teachers, and they can be rowdy. Not so much for me, though.
    In particular, I have one group of boys that can be a bit of a pain in the neck. Never keep their hands to themselves, always talk out of turn, have gotten in fights, etc. There is one boy in this group (he will be known here as Harry) who is a little quieter than the others, but very popular. He’s a bit tough to get close to, and seems like the type to be resistant to new ideas and different people. He hangs out with another tough kid (let’s call him Mark), who is loud and boisterous and often rude.

    Now that it’s so close to the end of the year, 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.”

    Given what Harry listens to, I’m wary. He listens to a lot of rap and hip-hop, and that’s fine, but I’ve heard some non-school-appropriate language come out of the music he listens to. So I ask him if it’s appropriate for school; he tells me yes.
    This kid is many things, but he has never lied to me. Not once. So… I take a deep breath and tell him okay. What the heck.
    So he goes on over and pulls it on up, and on comes a song I have never heard before. The artist is rapping about growing up gay, about the struggles of being gay, and about standing up in the face of hatred and homophobia. “Same Love,” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. The video was beautiful.

    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.
    Harry and Mark… they might tick off every teacher they ever have, but today they gave this teacher a moment he’ll never forget.
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    That made me cry. Mostly because of my raging hormones, but also because that is so goddamn sweet.
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    fucking allergies *sniff
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    I can't use allergies as an excuse, I'm practically sobbing. So lovely.
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    Aww I love it, good for them. Stuff like this gives me hope that all kids aren't feral jackasses! I'm glad the good stuff gets press too, seems the bad displays get all the media attention.
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    Beautiful. *sniff* I'm going to add this video to my kids' Youtube playlist.
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    Where's a Kleenex when you really need one?
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    Love this. We hear so many bad stories about kids being bullies nowadays, stuff like this warms my heart.

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    That was beautiful! Damn I am so choked up right now. *sniffle*
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    Great story and an amazing song.

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    You know, I have a friend (the fake-named Genevieve) and she has a son who is 16. He isn't like "other" kids - dresses weird, is oddly thin, has a bit of an anger issue... sometimes it appears that even his grandmother "hates" him. I guess I'm some sort of beacon to these broken, little misfit children because he loves me. He's at my house 3 times a week (at least) and won't leave without hugging me. He's a good kid... anyhow, the point is this: I always tell my friend that there's always good in people. People give you what you expect (for the most part) - if you expect good, you get good. If you expect bad, they will deliver that too. Just because someone thinks you aren't good enough or thinks negatively of you in anyway, doesn't mean you need to prove them right.

    Good for these kids for not doing what seems to be expected of them. I love it when kids like this "disappoint" by doing good things!
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