Roots of Empathy | Using Babies to Decrease Aggression, Prevent Bullying #edchat

Roots of Empathy, first started in 1996 in Toronto and introduced into U.S. schools in 2007, aims to build more peaceful and caring societies by increasing the level of empathy in children. The social and emotional learning program uses infants as springboards to talk about feelings and other subjects not often addressed in traditional classroom settings.



A recent study found that schools with high levels of teasing and bullying had dropout rates above the national average. In Seattle, a program called Roots of Empathy is using an unconventional method to stop bullying — bringing infants into the classroom to demonstrate the importance of listening and caring for other people.

PBS | Newshour : In School, Babies Teach Older Children to Consider Feelings and Needs of Others



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