‘Tackle bullying by teaching empathy in our schools’

A child research centre is calling for empathy classes to be made part of the school curriculum.

Prof Dolan said the centre was doing a lot of work on empathy development in children.

“There is a role for learned, value-based empathy education in schools. When kids go to school, we assume they need to learn to read and write. We need to assume children need to learn empathy. Other than a small number of schools implementing the Roots of Empathy, we are not ensuring that children learn this,” he said.
He believes one way of tackling bullying is to promote empathy education.

“Empathy education will help children understand diversity and difference. It would have a dramatic effect on bullying,” he said.

by Caroline Crawford