There is an increasing dialogue in social organisations — in schools, workplaces, court rooms, governments — on the importance of empathy.
Empathy is what sets us apart from machines and even from many other animals.
It’s what enables us to relate to other people and their experiences…
It’s what enables us to understand them.
And it’s what makes us compassionate.
So it’s little wonder why it’s so integral to the social experience of schooling and childhood.
But empathy is not innate — it’s learnt.
And like most things, it’s best learnt during childhood.
And the best teachers are adults.