In the second part of the documentary Children Full of Life, Mr. Kanamori confronts his students about bullying. Finally, it is through their letter writing that the children take responsibility for their mistakes.
The documentary Children Full of Life tells the moving story of Toshiro Kanamori’s 4th grade class in Kanazawa, Japan. Mr. Kanamori teaches his students how to care for one another by having them write letters to their classmates and read them aloud.
Is bullying like a disease? For which the only antidote is a little taste of social exclusion? The findings of a recent study at Northwestern University suggest that those who haven’t been bullied underestimate its effects.
We can combat bullying by coming down hard on the bullies, but we also need to prevent kids from becoming bullies in the first place. In a recent New York Times Opinionator column, David Bornstein writes about Roots of Empathy, a Canadian program that helps children grow their empathy.
When it comes to friendship, do your students value quantity over quality? Are they indiscriminant in the sending and accepting of friend requests? If so, they’re clicking on the wrong links. Or maybe they’re just clicking too much and too often.
At the annual meeting for the Association for Psychological Science last month, researchers from the University of Michigan presented their findings that college students today are less empathetic than college students 30 years ago. The steepest decline in empathy occurred in the last nine years.
Why might people be less empathetic than they used to be?