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Unfortunately emotions and

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Unfortunately emotions and empathy are human's greatest weakness and what will lead to our eventual destruction. Both attributes cloud your ability to make important and difficult decisions. They however do a wonderful job of making us feel "better" about ourselves which is the only thing most people care about.

When we finally come to grips with the fact that in order survive as a species we must be less empathetic we will finally have progressed.

Founder, Caring and Courageous Kids

I love this article and your

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I love this article and your mission. My work with "Caring and Courageous Kids" is "inspiring a culture of compassionate thinkers" to help break the cycle of bullying!!! So what you wrote aligns completely with the very things that come across in my story on dvd for elementary school-aged children and the guidebook I wrote and published to go along with it. The theme within the story focuses on "exercise your brain" to "practice, practice" the skills we are learning to help us in our relationships with one another to "be smart, use your heart" when making choices. Of course- all this is a play on words on the very topic of social-emotional intelligence.
www.CaringandCourageousKids.com

I am heavily involved in my community in promoting SEL.

Many children in my

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Many children in my neighborhood have seen their friends die from gunshots, drug overdose, etc. It seems they have developed apathy to survive. Recently, one of my young neighbors was heading back off to college and he told me one of his friends had been gunned downed a very close to our homes. Here he is heading back off to college for his senior year with this thought on his mind. He told me there is no love in our community and that when he graduates from college he is not coming back to Chicago. I can understand why? How do you build empathy in children that have witnessed so much pain in their lives? I think it starts with role modeling in and out of the classroom.

Community Manager at Edutopia

@Dr. Susan Stillman, that

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@Dr. Susan Stillman, that sounds like an interesting presentation. Maybe you can come back afterwards and post a link to it here?

Great information and

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Great information and resources shared here on this vital topic for not only education but for all people hoping to connect for positive change and make a difference.

I will be giving a presentation on Empathy: Why Should We Care at the 4th International Congress on Emotional Intelligence (http://www.icei2013.org/ ) in NYC
on Sept 8, 2013. I'll be sharing insights and best practices from my own work at Six Seconds, the Emotional Intelligence Network, where empathy is one of our EQ 8 competencies, and part of the the pursuit of "Give Yourself." I'll also be sharing resources and links to Edutopia, The Greater Good Science Center, Ashoka, and the Center for Building a Culture of Empathy.

Education Specialist

It is often underestimated,

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It is often underestimated, the power we have as a model, in this case modeling empathy. It would be a beautiful day when all educators practice empathy, embodied in no student failing or better yet no child brandished with grades.

Director: Center for Building a Culture of Empathy

May I suggest a further

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May I suggest a further resource to learn more about empathy and compassion, The Center for Building a Culture of Empathy
The Culture of Empathy website is the largest internet portal for resources and information about the values of empathy and compassion. It contains articles, conferences, definitions, experts, history, interviews,  videos, science and much more about empathy and compassion.
http://CultureOfEmpathy.com

Education Consultant

This is such an important

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This is such an important topic. I think that practicing EQ and setting up a safe space in which to do so is one of the most crucial steps to take in the beginning of any school year. I wonder if there are more games and activities that can help throughout the year. I think taking some time each week helps students to really practice and internalize active empathy. It's also important that these ideas are emphasized outside of the classroom. In the halls, in the playground, with different students. Empathy should be practiced not just in the classroom, but in the entire school, and in the home. It is one of the most important skills to have. Thanks for this great article!

Well said--as a parent, I

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Well said--as a parent, I feel that the lesson of learning how to get along with others and embracing diversity is every bit as important as the academic lessons.

Teacher, Writer, and Artist

Some folks regard your EQ, or

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Some folks regard your EQ, or empathy quotient, to be a more powerful indicator of your social and professional competency than your IQ, or intelligence quotient.

I'm of the EQ camp. When you get to know a person with a high EQ .. well ... you come to sense their immense personal power for good human relations pretty quickly. Great teachers have a high EQ.

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