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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Middle School – An Important Time To Teach Empathy and Compassion

Middle School – An Important Time To Teach Empathy and Compassion

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The Middle School years are an important time to teach empathy, and compassion. This is a critical time for parents, educators and counselors to allow and even encourage preteens to express and discuss their feelings without making them wrong. It is only through the ability to identify feelings, talk about them without judgment or ridicule, and then relate them to what others may be feeling that young people develop empathy and compassion. We want to know your thoughts and/or opinions on this topic. Do you believe that according to our article Middle School is an important and critical time to teach empathy and compassion?

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For Pre-teens have the full range of feelings while still willing to acknowledge and communicate about them. Middle school students identify 3 times as many emotions than high school students and 10 times as many as parents do in parent education programs. As a result, the middle school years are a critical time for parents, educators and counselors to allow and even encourage preteens to express and discuss their feelings without making them wrong.

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