Cultivating empathy and compassion in education

Vinciane Rycroft considers the value of teaching compassion in schools…

 

Many commentators are now calling for children to be educated in empathy and compassion. Bill Drayton for example, one of the fathers of social entrepreneurship, calls on educators to ensure that every young person learns applied empathy to avoid being marginalised…

 

An education in empathy gives young people opportunities to acknowledge the perspective of others. An education in compassion brings it one step further by identifying our fleeting response to an individual’s suffering and transforming it into a sustained altruistic attitude.