Teen Speaks, Reducing Students and Teachers to Tears With a Few Words (Video)Monica Bielanko
Musharaf has had a severe stammer since childhood. He’s one of several students featured in a British documentary about students and teachers at Thornhill Community Academy, a school in West Yorkshire.
The channel’s website notes the program is a “A warm and humorous exploration of what it’s like to grow up or work in a secondary school in the heart of a diverse northern community.”
With final exams coming up, Musharef seeks extra help to prepare for the speaking portion of the exam. It’s worth 20% of his final English exam score. After watching The King’s Speech, featuring Academy Award winner Colin Firth as King Henry, Musharef’s teacher, Mr. Burton, comes up with a unique idea to help Musharef get past his stammer.
As the video, shared by Upworthy.com shows, Musharaf finally manages to defeat his stammer.
Upworthy notes, “We all should grow up knowing that some people like Musharaf “Mushy” Asghar need to learn in a different way from the norm, and that’s OK. They shouldn’t be bullied for it.”
Note the end of the video when all Musharef’s hard work is put to the test in a speech in front of his classmates and teachers. We should all be so lucky to have one or two teachers in life like Mr. Burton who really care about helping students.
According to channel4.com, “Musharaf is now studying A levels at the college of his choice, thanks in no small part to getting a C grade in English. He can’t thank Mr Burton and all the staff at Thornhill enough for all that they’ve done for him and thinks that they ‘really care’…Musharaf hopes that he can be a role model for other young people with speech issues, advising: ‘even if you do have a stutter, don’t be afraid’.”
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