Empathy In Education

By on May 28, 2017

This article, this time, is about empathy. A formal definition says that ”empathy is the capacity to understand or feel what another person is experiencing from within the other person’s frame of reference, i.e., the capacity to place oneself in another’s position.” Specialists discovered that this new skill is extremely important in a world dominated by digitization and globalization and it is important that we understand why.

by Amy Treasure

About authenticity

We talked  about technology in the previous article and how it fosters globalization, the way people interact and learn nowadays. Technology changes everything, including the way we think, learn about others and understand them. This is why, empathy in education is very important: because it gives us a sense of understanding the others, a sense of feeling the way people around us enjoy life and a sense of understanding their needs, thoughts and problems. Teachers and specialists already proved that empathy can solve a lot of our problems.

by Reaman Shrivastava

Empathy matters

Searching online, I discovered that there are a lot of written articles about empathy in education, especially about authenticity and human interaction. There are a few main reasons why empathy should be taught in schools:

  1. It boosts cognitive and emotional development, especially in the early years.
  2. It increases the self confidence and boosts the self control.
  3. Empathy can reduce stress.
  4. Empathy can reduce the effects of childhood trauma.
  5. Empathy is a skill that can change a community and build social capital.
  6. Studies show that empathy is as important as intelligence.

There is also a study that shows that the rat pups that did get a little more attention from their mothers in their first few weeks in the lab lived better, being more confident and less fearful than the pups which did not.

by Fiztk Alexander Dummer

Global connection

In Denmark, empathy holds as much importance as maths or literacy, starting to be taught from preschool to secondary education, and incorporated into existing subject areas.

It is obvious that if there are schools that are already teaching empathy, we know it can be done. It’s just a matter of implementing the change and giving teachers and students the knowledge and confidence to do so.

A proof

So, empathy is the power to understand perspectives other than your own. I leave you here with a  short movie about empathy. I hope it will lighten your day and thoughts.

Inspiration: forbes.com, hundred.org, teachhub.com

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