Empathy in Action: How Teachers Prepare Future Citizens
How do children learn to care enough about others that they reap the personal rewards associated with giving? When young people develop empathy, they not only thrive in school and life, but they also impact their communities in positive, often extraordinary ways. Individual and societal success depends on raising and educating children who care about others. But we have misled today's children to believe that success is achieved through test scores, material wealth, and personal gain. In turn, there has been a measurable shift toward self-centeredness at a time when society depends more, not less, on people who give of themselves. Developed through emotional attachment with other human beings, empathy is our ability to recognize, feel, and respond to the needs and suffering of other people. The Foundation of Caring and Engaged Citizenship Image credit: Marilyn Price-Mitchell, PhD 6 Empathy-Building Habits of Great Teachers 1. 2. 3. These civic roles are intertwined with developing empathy.
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