Teach empathy through relationships

Earlier this year, we convened a Lab with Ashoka to investigate empathy in education. The organization had devoted a significant amount of time and resources to developing best practices in the area, but was still seeking a way to connect with typical classroom teachers. The Lab found it in an idea they termed “the fourth R.”


Everyone knows that schools are supposed to teach “the three R’s” – reading, ‘riting, and ‘rithmetic. But there is also a widely shared sense that schools are supposed to build students’ skills in a fourth area: relationships.