Parents and Teachers Building Empathy in Children

..I read in the blogosphere that parents should teach children empathy. No, we shouldn’t.


Children have empathy; the best way to educate it is to utilize it. As Beth and all other good educators know, empathy is one of their greatest abilities, and the origin of some of their greatest passions. Their brains are designed to know how others feel. They are wired with mirror neurons; when someone else is hurt, they feel it. By eighteen months they know that another person might want something different from what they want, and are inclined to give them what they want, rather than what they would choose for themselves.


by Rick Ackerly

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