Dad Confused By Son's Math Homework Grateful When Stranger On Train Helps Out

A dad who was spending a train journey trying to re-learn fractions to help his son with a tricky school test was over the moon when a stranger next to him offered to help. 

Many people love studying Mathematics, but for others it’s no less than a nightmare. Solving a Math problem is not a piece of cake — and Corey Simmons, who was travelling from Manhattan to Brooklyn, to pick up his son was well aware of that. In his hand, he was carrying a green folder that had his son’s Maths worksheet that the father and son were meant to finish together, a Washington Post report stated.

He mentioned out loud to those around him that his son, who was in third grade, had failed his math test but he couldn’t work out where he had gone wrong. The man sitting to his right asked Simmons what he was studying.

“You look a little confused, maybe I can help,” the man said before explaining to Simmons that he used to be a math teacher. The exchange was witnessed by a fellow commuter, Denise Wilson, who snapped a photo of the pair and shared it on Facebook.  

″[Simmons] asked the guy to quiz him and everything he got wrong or was confused about he broke it down and corrected him,” the onlooker, Wilson, explained on Facebook.

“By the end of my train ride, the guy in the red [Simmons] had a better understanding [of fractions] and can bring home a new method and teach his child. I really love seeing shit like this.”

After Wilson posted it on Facebook, someone who knew Simmons saw it and got in touch to thank her for sharing. The status was shared more than 400,000 times and many parents who are often faced with helping kids with homework could relate to Simmons.

“I know what that feels like,” one woman wrote. “If I only I had a maths teacher next to me every time I’m struggling with my child’s homework! Math is a killer. What a lovely, lovely man.”

Another person praised the stranger’s kindness, writing: “This is the way it’s supposed to work and how human beings are supposed to interact and help each other. What a wonderful thing to share as a reminder of how we all should treat each other.”

Although the identity of the helpful stranger remains a mystery, Corey says he's beyond grateful because after all, there's never any shame in helping out your children. "You have to ask questions to get information. I'm not shy or ashamed to ask," he said, adding that, "I was letting him know 'I need help, you know, your assistance would be great here on the train.'"

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