A professor at Hebrew University in Jerusalem has been making headlines this week for the way he responded to a baby crying in his class.
During one of his lectures, a student’s baby started crying. Feeling embarrassed, the mom stood up to try to leave.
Instead of simply letting her leave. The professor took her baby into his arms, calmed him down and continued teaching as if nothing had happened.
The professor is named Sydney Engelberg, and he’s been teaching for 45 years at the college. His daughter, Sarit Fishbaine, says that Engelberg allows students to bring their children to class and even breastfeed them. He believes that no mother should ever have to choose between a child and an education. She said:
“The way he sees the concept of getting education is not only learning the dry facts that you need to learn in class, but also learning values.”
Since then, the professor has been hailed as a hero. His wife, Fredi Siskind Engelberg, told Yahoo:
“He’s gotten love letters. He’s pretty blasé about it, and we just find it all very funny. I think it must have happened on a no-news day.”