Empathy. You won’t find it explicitly written into core curriculum. It’s not on standardized tests and it isn’t a graduation requirement, but…if we hope to develop a generation of learners who are capable of solving the problems of our world, we need to teach our kids empathy.
What better time to emphasize compassion in our schools than the holiday season? Boundless opportunities exist for our schools to have a direct and substantial impact on those in need in our local communities. Doing something good for someone else not only helps students develop empathy, it builds self-esteem–allowing kids to see that they can make a difference.
I have said this before, and I will say it again. We need “community schools”, not just schools in a community. Encourage students to give of themselves and our schools, communities and world will be so much the better.