The Teach Kindness program has grown in popularity with school administrators and teachers across America. The thought behind this program is that kindness can be taught to students just like math and reading. One of their slogans is, “Build Empathy Muscles.”
Since so many people say that their lives were changed by a great teacher or teachers, there’s no denying the influence that teachers can have on students. School administrators took this one step further, believing they could teach empathy to students. So what is empathy?
What is empathy?
In a nutshell, empathy is mindfulness and emotional intelligence. It’s the ability to understand and share the feelings of another individual. When we can see each other as brothers and sisters in the human race, then walls of division can be torn down.
Many school administrators and teachers are seeing positive results from this program. And they’re encouraging other school districts to get involved. A website has been created to bring parents and educators together around this idea. It’s called “Doing Good Together” and their mission statement makes it clear what they’re all about:
Our mission is unique and deeply layered. We provide tools to both families and organizations to help them raise compassionate, engaged children. Our innovative activities, resources, and support help make empathy and “giving back” a natural part of life’s early lessons.
Bullying: A growing problem in America
According to the National Bullying Prevention Center, one in five students has reported being bullied at school. The increase in childhood bullying is just one of the reasons why this mission is so imperative today. However, educators are sure they can turn this trend around by teaching kids at an early age, to be kind to others. Teach them that children from other countries may look a bit different but they struggle with the same problems as any other child.
And that’s a lesson that adults could learn as well. It doesn’t matter what culture you’re from, we all have similar obstacles in life. From getting a good education to choosing the right career, we all want to have wholesome, productive lives where we make a positive difference in life. We want homes and healthy families. We all want love and acceptance, regardless of what we look like or where we’re from.
That’s just what teachers and school administrators are hoping to achieve with the “Teach Kindness” program. They believe that if we begin at an early age, helping children to care about one another and the world they live in, then we can produce better citizens for our future. This is something that all parents and teachers can rally around. It’s a goal that is achievable.
Learn more about Teaching Kindness
Within just a few generations, we could have a society of kind, compassionate adults who have a strong desire to make the world a better place. This would cut down on crime rates in general and make our streets safer for tomorrow’s children. To get involved in “Doing Good Together,” you can sign up at their website for their monthly newsletter. There, you can also get resources for your school to teach kindness to your students.