For those wondering about the educational value of empathy, it isn’t just a warm, fuzzy concept. Research has shown that empathy affects almost everything. It reduces prejudice, racism, and bullying; fights inequality; is good for health care; and improves life at the office. It’s basically a magical cure-all for society’s many ills.
To help boost these skills, Madrid’s program offers nonjudgmental, fact-based lessons. Children are encouraged to learn about the plights of animals – but they’re never told what to do. Instead, they’re left to make their own decisions based on the facts at hand.