Teaching kids facts and analytical thinking skills isn’t enough, she said, adding that she hopes to use her new platform to promote service-learning — which involves community service activities, teaching kids to use their education for good and showing the importance of being empathetic.
“We spend a lot of time teaching kids to be self-sufficient and high achievers, and I think we really need to spend some time also teaching them: OK, now what do you do with that? What does it mean? You have this knowledge and information, how can you use it to improve the human condition?” Hayes said. “I think we need to nurture empathy from a very early age.