Teaching empathy can help our children to find success in life

The UNESCO child and family research centre at NUI Galway recommends that we teach children empathy in schools

Greed is dead. Empathy is in. The opening lines of Frans De Waal’s renowned book, ‘The Age of Empathy: Nature’s Lessons for a Kinder Society,’ show us the new way of thinking. No longer can we protest that ‘It’s dog eat dog out there; Darwin made me do it!’ Instead, De Waal argues that we have completely overstated the human instinct for selfishness and that most of us are really quite nice.

Stella O’Malley