D.C. classrooms welcome babies in effort to teach empathy + Video

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Roots is one of many character-education and social-emotional learning programs that are in vogue. President Obama has spoken of the need to address the nation’s “empathy deficit,”

while KIPP — the well-known and successful charter school network whose motto is “Work hard. Be Nice.” — has popularized the effort to teach grit and other intangible traits in addition to rigorous academics…

Duckett said the empathy instruction appears to have made a significant difference for four or five students in particular.

One of them is Kanye Cheeks, who during a recent classroom visit returned June’s shy smile with a grin.