Empathy and Global Stewardship: The Other 21st Century Skills

Empathy has always been valued as an important skill to possess as a human being, so what makes it a 21st century skill?  I was recently asked by Steve Hargadon during a short video interview, “Is global education important?  If so, why?”  My response was, “Given that we are now living in a hyper-connected world, we can no longer plead that we don’t what is going on in other parts of the world.  Look at the recent incidents of the uprising in Egypt and Syria.  Global events are being streamed and tweeted in real time. 


Global empathy and stewardship need to be part of the education of children.”  This is also why I have chosen to group empathy and global stewardship together. 


by  Jackie Gerstein,