Mar 11, 2014
Watch: Teacher Delivers Incredible Lecture to Students on Meaning of Life
Posted on Jan 9, 2013
Jeffrey Wright, a physics teacher at Kentucky’s Louisville Male Traditional High School, is the teacher you wish you had when you were in school. It’s not just that he makes a subject that—let’s face it, can be kind of boring—really interesting, it’s that Wright also genuinely cares for his students. He’s the kind of teacher who leaves an impression long after you graduate.
But perhaps what separates Wright from most other teachers is his real-life experience. You see, Wright has a 12-year-old son named Adam who suffers from a rare genetic disorder called Joubert syndrome, which renders the brain unable to control balance and coordination. It has also impaired Adam’s vision, causes him to breathe uncomfortably fast and has left him unable to speak.
This is the beginning of Wright’s incredible lecture that he delivers each year on the meaning of life. The physics teacher has turned his own life experience parenting a special needs child into something that profoundly and positively impacts his students’ lives. It’s something he began doing after his lessons led students to ask “the big question.”
“When you start talking about physics, you start to wonder, ‘What is the purpose of it all?’ ” Wright says. “Kids started coming to me and asking me those ultimate questions. I wanted them to look at their life in a little different way—as opposed to just through the laws of physics—and give themselves more purpose in life.”
That one powerful gesture helped teach Wright the meaning of life, and it’s something he imparts to his students during the lecture.
Love, he says, “makes the ‘why’ we exist. In this great big universe, we have all those stars. Who cares? Well, somebody cares. Somebody cares about you a lot. As long as we care about each other, that’s where we go from here.”
Make sure you have some tissues close by while you watch this New York Times video about Wright, his son and the meaning of life:
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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