Posts Tagged ‘Roots of Empathy’

Roots of empathy: an interview with Mary Gordon

September 7, 2013

Roots of empathy: an interview with Mary Gordon

Lennon Flowers 5 September 2013

Empathy is central to education for democracy, and it can be “caught not taught” among children in schools. This is the the fourth in our series of articles about empathy and transformation.

Credit: Melanie Gordon. All rights reserved.

What’s the measure of a good education, and what do you want your children to learn in school? Basic proficiency in language, literacy and mathematics perhaps, or a marketable set of skills, or is the purpose of education something deeper? In today’s hyper-competitive culture where standardized test results are used as a proxy for educational advancement, what chance is there for schools to develop creativity, critical thinking, human solidarity and civic skills?