Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Global Competency and Teaching Empathy

As many of us have already commented, Reimer's words on the affective dimension of global competency struck a close chord with me. Perhaps because it's the "humanizing" of the three core competencies, or perhaps because I want to believe that the second two competencies - the ability to communicate with non-dominant cultures, and an understanding of the historical context of global issues - might somehow be cultivated by one developing a sense of empathy for others. That being said, I thought I'd post some resources on ways that some schools have gone about teaching empathy and emotional skills:

"Empathy: They Key to Social and Emotional Learning"

"How Do You Teach Empathy? Harvard Pilots Game Simulation"

and finally, a video of Ken Robinson speaking at the Dalai Lama Center for Peace and Education on educating the mind and heart:


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