We need more empathy!

james shone

By James Shone

I was really inspired to have an article in the Sunday Times read to me where Andrew Halls, headmaster of Kings College School, Wimbledon, stated that he will be introducing empathy lessons in his school in September. I was reminded of the great proverb “do not criticise another until you have walked a mile in his moccasins.”
Our current younger generation, sometimes called ‘Generation me’ find this very hard. It was my third child’s birthday yesterday and watching the other children battle to celebrate walmly with Benji was quite interesting. Put simply, they find it difficult to really put themselves in to another persons shoes.
For too many young people, life is about them and I sense that this is a generational battle for us all to fight. So the key question is how do we fight it?  Well firstly, well done Mr Halls! And secondly, as parents and teachers, we should put at the foundation of our jobs: ‘look out, serve and give.’  These three are so much more rewarding than anything else.

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