Category Archives: Empathy

How Will Education Reform?

I never let my schooling interfere with my education. —Mark Twain Education Reform won’t succeed until schools do what computers can’t. Because Sara was home sick for a week in October of her eighth grade year, her parents bought software … Continue reading

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Empathy, Education and a True Growth Mindset

Empathy is a respectful understanding of what others are experiencing. Instead of offering empathy, we often have a strong urge to give advice and to explain our own position of feeling. Empathy, however, calls upon us to empty our mind … Continue reading

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Children Want Social Responsibility

“Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile.” –Albert Einstein Yesterday at 8:26AM, I stepped away from my job of shaking hands and greeting incoming students at the front door of the school to talk to a student … Continue reading

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Telling the Truth is Tricky

“Mark’s mother keeps harassing me about his academics,” said third-grade-teacher Dara. “I keep telling her that he is doing very well, but she doesn’t believe it. She thinks I don’t have high enough standards. Yesterday, she said, ‘I am so … Continue reading

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To Get Results, Schools Must be in the Friendship Business

Father: “It is so hard to get the kids out of the house in the morning, Freda and Matt keep fighting. This sibling rivalry is driving me crazy, but I don’t want them to be late to school.” Advice from … Continue reading

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