Nothing is more important than teaching compassion

Teaching schoolchildren happiness, empathy, altruism and compassion has proven beneficial results for classroom learning as a whole, says Vinciane Rycroft

 

On Your Mind

Understanding and practising mindfulness can make us more empathetic, compassionate – and therefore effective – teachers, say Ceri Seel and David Rycroft….Ever been listening to a colleague talking about a situation with some year 9s? Moments later you disengage.


Can a Compassionate Outlook Drive Our Professional Life?

As the Dalai Lama shares his message of dialogue and compassion in the UK in the coming days, we might find ourselves wondering whether a compassionate outlook can really be a driving force in our political, economic and social institutions.

 

The Search for Happiness: Tolstoy, Bhutan and the United Nations

In Tolstoy's fable of The King and the Shirt, the king's physicians gather round their ailing ruler in an attempt to find a cure for his mystery illness. After much discussion, one of them suggests that they set out to find the shirt of a happy man.


Cultivating empathy and compassion in education

Many commentators are now calling for children to be educated in empathy and compassion. Bill Drayton for example, one of the fathers of social entrepreneurship, calls on educators to ensure that every young person learns applied empathy to avoid being marginalised.

 

Coming to Care
At the Empathy and Compassion in Society Youth Gathering last October, I found myself standing on stage beneath the glare of several spotlights, gazing out towards a sea of dimly-lit teenagers.

 

Empathy? An ethos born in the staffroom - An Article in the TES

This article was originally published in The Times Educational Supplement Pro on 23 November 2012.

Ian, aged 8, throws his younger brother Robin on the ground. Tears and screaming. It's the fifth or sixth time already today. «I'm strong, I'm superman!»