A beautiful article written by David Brooks on empathy here.

Schools somehow love to teach superficial stuff just to get by. When there’s a trend, all schools follow it and completely overdo the emphasis. I guess empathy is the trend now.

Kids need to develop judgement and not obedience and rules following. They need to have a judgement that tells them when to follow rules and when to break them. They also need to develop a love for something. It’s this love that drives them toward goals, achievements, and contributions.

The question remains how we can use school as a tool, just one of the available tools, to raise our kids to fulfill their potentials. The school is not a be all, end all of education. It’s also important to find a way to take advantage of school, but don’t let it break some of the kids’ greatest gifts, which are their imagination and curiosity.


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