The challenge of teaching empathy to stop bullying

Empathy is Canadian education’s best weapon against bullying, but it is a flawed tool. “Reading and math is amazingly simple to teach compared to learning how to get along with others,” said Debra Pepler, a York University professor and psychologist, in The Globe and Mail Nov. 15. “We expect children to learn this by osmosis and they don’t.” She said lectures can help, but the real learning happens in more everyday settings, in students’ moment-to-moment interactions with teachers and other adults. Read full story.