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Morehouse Prof Offers Childcare to Overwhelmed Student Parent

March 5, 2019
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
Morehouse Prof Offers Childcare to Overwhelmed Student Parent

A Morehouse College student who was not able to find childcare was told by his mathematics professor to bring his baby to class. Upon being taken up on his offer, the professor proceeded to teach the class with the infant strapped to his chest so the student to take adequate notes.

A Morehouse College student who was not able to find childcare was told by his mathematics professor to bring his baby to class. Upon being taken up on his offer, the professor proceeded to teach the class with the infant strapped to his chest so the student to take adequate notes.

26-year old Wayne Hayer was on his phone during class, texting his wife about childcare for their 5-month-old daughter. When confronted by his professor Nathan Alexander, and explaining the situation, Professor Alexander said, without hesitation, "If that's the issue, bring her to class." Hayer, a college senior studying kinesiology, "didn't plan on testing his teacher's word" and followed his professor's advice. Hayer, while holding two jobs and going to school, relied on his wife who typically stayed at home with their newborn. On Friday, his wife had planned to pick up their daughter's birth certificate, but Hayer did not want her struggling on public transportation, so he offered to take their daughter, according to The Washington Post.

"There's a negative stereotype about African American men not being fathers to their children and a myth that most black people come from single-parent households," Hayer said. "Society, he said, doesn't think about the intersection of education and parenting," said Professor Alexander. If you are a single parent or student with dependent children who are beginning, continuing or finishing your college education, there are scholarships to help you pay for college. Check out our extensive list of scholarships for single parents, scholarships for students with dependent children, and scholarships for nontraditional students.

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