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Should Empathy Be Taught In School?
Empathy should be taught in school.
Instigating empathy in schools can build skills like perspective taking and active listening among students.
Empathy is already being taught in schools but not explicitly as a core value. 'Don't interrupt', 'wait your turn', 'share the ___ (name the resource)', are all examples of teaching empathy. It's not something that's measured beyond 'plays well with others' but it is taught.
Students would be able to put themselves in shoes of others before jumping to conclusions by themselves.
Empathy enhances social interaction, which is an integral part of adult life.
Lack of empathy from early stages is the main reason behind "intolerance" which is the root cause of today's largest problems of discrimination such as racism, sexism and other inequalities.
Being empathetic is one of the key components to authentic leadership in 21st century.
If you want to stand out in the job market, along with hard skills, employers also value the empathetic nature of employees.
Empathy impedes survival decision making. Nature expects us to balance out all our emotions for us to survive. Disproportionate focus on teaching one emotion/trait stunts overall development.
If schools focus on critical thinking skills, empathetic reasoning will follow. If they're taught not just the "what's" but also the "why's", a rise in empathy should be fairly organic.
Because teaching empathy in school is perceived, by parents and students, as ideological indoctrination, the backlash can be counterproductive.
Empathy can't be taught, some people are born more empathetic than others.
Empathy can't be learned with one experience or incident, it takes several years for a person to start empathising with others.
Empathy cannot be measured and hence, it is difficult to say if teaching empathy in school would have a significant impact upon the life of students.
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