Nothing is more important than teaching compassion

Teaching schoolchildren happiness, empathy, altruism and compassion has proven beneficial results for classroom learning as a whole, says Vinciane Rycroft…


Many teachers commented, that even with one of the best programmes we have seen so far – the Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) – teaching empathy on the ground was difficult.  Teachers found that with the pressure from exam subjects, they couldn’t make the time necessary to deepen their own understanding of empathy. What if compassion was something that we learnt together with our class? What if we openly acknowledged with our students the high and lows of the human condition, and explored how we could cultivate positive attitudes of mind?


by Vinciane Rycroft