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Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Educating for Empathy

Educating for Empathy by Nicole Mirra is another book that was reviewed by the Educators Book Award Committee. While it did not receive an award or honorable mention, the committee felt is could be a valuable resource.  This book explores the political charged climate teachers and students are living in both nationally and globally and seeks to instill a sense of empathy within the K-12 curriculum.  
            According to Mirra the deliberate teaching of empathy in education can prepare students to tackle the challenges of the 21st century and beyond with compassion and commitment toward equity and justice.  Using the English Language Arts Curriculum literature becomes the vehicle through which empathy can be taught to students K-12. In Mirra’s book each chapter includes practical tools and discussion questions to promote empathy.
            Educating for Empathy provides ideas for teachers struggling with bullying and hate talk in schools and society. In Nicole Mirra’s words, “The development of empathy in students (and teachers) should be considered a primary goal of education because it offers an organizing principle for our field grounded in hope, love, and a commitment to a more equitable society.”

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