Thursday, 27 October 2016

Can we teach empathy? We'll give it a go...

"Your life as a teacher begins the day you realise you are alway learner” Robert John Meehan


Being a self-diagnosed intuitive empath, I have long regarded empathy as important. I try to show empathy, be empathetic and explain frequently to one of my daughters (also an empath) that being one, can be a double edged sword...it is possible to feel too much of what others feel for our own good.

I have been very excited, therefore, to stumble upon the work, musings and publications of one
Derek Handley @dgh www.derekhandley.org/about/  founder of avpn.asia/organisation/aera-foundation/.  He has written a book, of course (now requested from local library) www.derekhandley.org/bookwww.amazon.com/Heart-Start-Derek-Handley-ebook/dp/B00CPY5I88,  which looks interesting.




He spoke recently on TVNZ ...

















.....about how important it is to foster empathy. Without empathy, young people will not be interested in solving the problems of our world he said. Quite hard I think...to foster empathy. This got me thinking ...can we foster it or teach it or do we just have it? I was moved sufficiently to tweet about this (been a bit quiet on the tweeting front lately).



Some schools teach kindness, as is described here mindful.org/what-if-schools-taught-kindness/ where we find an explanation of a kindness curriculum. I like people to be kind. Again, excitement levels rising, another tweet... 

Someone said to me today "lucky for some". I replied I know I am lucky...to be teaching at Hobsonville Point Secondary School. sites.google.com/hobsonvillepoint.school.nz/hpss/home







Here, I believe, we have begun the journey.... by acknowledging the importance of dispositions and endeavouring to create the inward and outward environmental conditions required to grow empathy. Go us...