What is Empathy Now!? Empathy Now! is a story-based K-12 curriculum that helps students develop empathy and compassionate living skills while also fulfilling core literacy standards. While this curriculum would be considered a social-emotional learning program, it is not an add-on. Teachers do not need to find time in their already busy, test-driven schedules for yet another program. Curriculum designers (among them, a literacy specialist and a curriculum writer with an MFA in writing for children and young adults), intend to find creative and engaging ways in which core curriculum standards for literacy also will be met. Studies show that similar programs have increased student test scores by 11%.
How are empathy and compassion related and why the focus on empathy? Empathy is a prerequisite for compassion. Before we can act with true compassion towards another, we must first be albe to imagine ourselves in the other person's shoes. Empathy is what keeps us in compassion and out of pity. We are empathetic with another, as an equal. Empathy is the glue of every compassionate learning community.
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