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A Year of Wonder: The Neuroscience of Empathy

If a person wishes to wonder deeply about the world, which ingredient is more important – the person, or the world?

Until recently, our answer was clearly the latter.

For the great majority of our time on this planet, human beings have viewed the world almost entirely through the prism of “we,” not “me.” As foragers, we lived in unquestioning obedience to the unknowable marvels of the natural world. And in the earliest civilizations, we lived to serve the needs of our Gods in Heaven – and then, later on, their hand-chosen emissaries on Earth.

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This is what acceptance looks like

Imagine if every school was explicitly focused on helping its students see the world through the eyes of “the healer?” Dr. Alejandro Jadad | Acceptance from Maysie on Vimeo.

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This is what the future of storytelling looks like

Imagine if its insights were more proactively applied to the way we tell stories about teaching and learning?

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This is what building empathy in kids looks like

Imagine if every school did this? Watch Using Babies to Decrease Aggression, Prevent Bullying on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

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Making Sense of Steubenville

As educators, what are we to make of the ongoing tragedy in Steubenville, Ohio – a community in which one teenage girl was raped and publicly humiliated, two teenage boys are being shipped off to juvenile detention, and two other teenage girls are now under arrest after threatening to beat and kill the victim?

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This is what empathy looks and feels like

Imagine if we applied this same sort of in/sight to ourselves and our schools? How would our behavior change? How would our definitions of school, teacher and student success need to change? And what might we become more likely to engender as a result?

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The Monday After Newtown

This morning, my wife and I joined our son at a holiday breakfast celebration. The school’s multipurpose room (“the puh-pus room”, as Leo calls it) was filled with children between the ages of 3 and 6, who sat in a circle and sang songs while their parents leaned on walls and scanned the edges of the room for coffee. Then we broke bread together — each family bringing in dishes that represent “breakfast” to them: cranberry orange bread, hot tamales, donuts, fruit salad, and some delicious combination of onions and scalloped potatoes. The children quickly finished the food on their plates and then wove in and out of the groups of parents who stood and chatted, their teachers — all of them women — doing their best to maintain a small sense of order and decorum.

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What’s the difference between empathy and sympathy?

Glad you asked . . .

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The Power of Outrospection

Did you get the memo? Apparently, introspection is out, and outrospection is in. Actually, as philosopher Roman Krznaric explains in this cool new RSA Animate video, what’s really in is empathy, and what’s really required is a systemic effort to drive social change by stepping outside ourselves. See for yourself — and see what you […]

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How Empathy Will Change the World

Skip to the 3:20:00 part of this video — a recent panel discussion at the University of North Carolina — for a further examination of this idea of an “empathy formula”, or a way of thinking more intentionally about how we help educate the heart and mind.

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