The challenge of teaching empathy to stop bullying

Empathy is Canadian education’s best weapon against bullying, but it is a flawed tool.


The prevailing wisdom, backed by experts, is that children are less likely to pick on peers if they understand the damage they can do. But kids aren’t born empathetic, they’re more susceptible to impulses, and worse, one experts points out, the lesson meant to tame the bully may have the opposite effect.