Usually, the last thing you’re expecting to hear during a class is a crying baby. However, that wasn’t the case inside Professor Engelberg’s classroom. When her young child started to fuss during the organizational behavior class, the mom stood up quickly to leave the room with the crying infant, but instead Engelberg took a hold of the situation in the best way possible! Instead of making the family leave, he took the baby in his arms, got the little one to calm down and “continued the class as if nothing had happened,” The professors daughter, Sarit Fishbaine, wrote on her Facebook post that has since gone viral.
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Sarit explained that her father who is a native of South Africa, has taught for 45 years. He a teacher for the master’s degree program at Hebrew University so majority of his students are older than the average college kid.“There’s a lot of young moms and a lot of them have babies, and he encourages them to just bring their babies to class,” Sarit said.
“My dad just loves kids and loves babies, he has five grandchildren, so he just takes the baby,” Fishbaine told BuzzFeed News. “He’s the one that’s in motion, he’s walking around the class. So he just takes the baby and continues teaching.”She added that it’s “not something unusual” for her 67-year-old social psychologist dad, since so many of his female students bring babies to class, and sometimes even breastfeed.“This is what I call an excellent organizational behavior lesson! Dad, you’re the best!” Fishbaine said of her lovely dad.
Professor Engelbergs family was ultimately “shocked” after they realized the photo of his kind gesture went viral all over the world! After being posted on Facebook, it was eventually shared to websites like ImgUr, Reddit, Tumblr and Twitter and applauded by commentators from across the globe.
The wife of Professor Engelberg, Fredi Siskind Engelberg told us, ““He’s gotten love letters!”
But being the humble, kind-hearted man that he is, Engelberg doesn’t quite understand why the picture has caused such a ruckus, because what he did was “so natural for him,” his daughter said.
“The way he sees the concept of getting education is not only learning the dry facts that you need to learn in class,” she continued, “but also learning values. And that’s the very important message that my dad wants to endow to the world.”
Engelberg isn’t the only professor that’s added “Nanny” to his resume. Israeli professor (pictured above, bottom right) Bezalel Rihard also took control of the situation when one of his students couldn’t quiet down their child. He picked up the young boy, rocked him back and fourth and continued on with his lecture.
William Martin from Ben Gorion University is another Professor who’s doing it right. He let one of his students babies fall asleep right in his arms and he didn’t miss a beat during his lecture! That’s multi-tasking at it’s finest.
Orit Gilor from Bith Birl University is another teacher who’s helping students focus on their education! Being a mother herself, it came naturally to her to pick up a fussy baby and rock her to sleep while still continuing with her lesson.
Dr Eyal helps calm down a young toddler during his lesson at Zfat University.
Professor Dan Oraien is Head of theater at West Galil University but still took time to sit with the child of one of his students while she made her presentation to the class.
This type of compassion and acceptance is what we need more of from teachers! Good job, guys.