Teacher Reveals Secret About His Home Life, Brings Students To Tears With His Message
FaithTap Staff 3/4/2017
There are good teachers and then there are truly great teachers who leave behind a million little legacies in the students they transform and inspire everyday. Jeffrey Wright, a high school teacher in Louisville, Kentucky, definitely falls in that second category!
Jeffrey, who teaches physics at the now coed Louisville Male Traditional High School, knows enough science to keep the students interested with his experiments involving sledgehammers, cinderblocks, and other smashing things. If anything, he doesn't really need any more fancy gimmicks to let the kids know that science is freaking awesome!
While most of his students do leave with an increased curiosity for the subject, it isn't the physics that makes them see Jeffrey as their best teacher ever! Proving the point perfectly is Zack Conkle, an ex-student of Jeffrey who ended up making an award-winning documentary showing the world just what makes Jeffrey so special!
Much of that credit for Jeffrey's passion goes to his now teen son Adam who was born with a rare genetic disorder called Joubert Syndrome. Sources claim that this disorder which keeps the brain from fully developing the balance and coordination areas, is suffered by less than 500 people in the world. In Adam's case, he doesn't speak, walk, talk, or perform any functions on his own. Describing Adam's behavior to his students, Jeffrey says:
"He is extremely self-abusive. For instance, if he gets scared or he gets upset, he'll just start taking his fists and pounding his face as much as possible. If he wakes up and I'm not there, he'll roll out of bed and just start pounding his face on the floor. Lost two teeth one day."
So even though Jeffrey had spent all his life learning and teaching about laws and reasons for why things are the way they are in the universe, he couldn't quite make sense of his own son's condition. Jeffrey frankly admits:
"There is not a day that goes by when we don't ask, ‘Why us?'"
One day at the age of four however, the seemingly unresponsive Adam displayed signs of understanding and responding to his environment while his older sister Abbie played around him with her dolls. Jeffrey and his wife were shocked and from thereon started teaching Adam sign language. It wasn't long before one day that Adam signed "I-Love-You" to Jeffrey.
The universe seemed to have opened up a secret at that point. Jeffrey found a new kind of peace and meaning that went beyond just the laws of physics. Since then, he has shared his vision with his students once a semester in lecture form. He tells them:
"The whole thing about where the universe came from? I didn't care. ... I started asking myself, what was the point of it? ... 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 ... There is something a lot greater than energy. There's something a lot greater than entropy."
In other words, love is what makes the world go round. Or as Jeffrey puts it:
"That's what makes the ‘why' we exist."
Explaining how this fits in with science, Jeffrey says:
"When you look at physics, it's all about laws and how the world works. But if you don't tie those laws into a much bigger purpose, the purpose in your heart, then they are going to sit there and ask the question ‘Who cares? ... Kids are very spiritual - they want a bigger purpose. I think that's where this story gives them something to think about."
This video will make you wish you were a student in Jeffrey's physics class!
Inspiration, spirituality, and love have a place in a physics class and proving this every day is Jeffrey, who thanks to his son, has learned that some answers in the universe just can't be supported by theories and laws!