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Why Teach Empathy?
In education, we have begun to embrace the importance of such critical skills as creativity, collaboration, and communication. Empathy should be included on that list if we are to create the global citizens we hope our students will become. Global awareness and the ability for technology to bring the world into our classrooms is important, but only if we can use these tools to better understand ourselves and others.
Empathy enables students to integrate other people’s perspectives with their own. It is the ability to identify with others and will become a crucial skill as the world merges into a global community. It builds bonds, develops leadership skills, and brings self-awareness to seek out meaning and purpose in our lives.
Let’s explore the discussion educators are having all across the country about empathy and the tools, sites and teaching practices that encourage empathy.