Prof Pat Dolan, Director of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre NUI Galway shares why we have to get real and serious about introducing specific empathy education into secondary schools and we need to do it now.
Sharing recent evidence from neuroscience which shows that when children and youth are taught empathy and understanding their academic achievements improve – he states this alone should be enough for schools to embrace it.
More importantly, in a world where narcissism, hate speech, racism and self-centred behaviours are increasing through to fears around youth violent extremism albeit unspoken in Ireland, the solution of developing altruism in youth through empathy education in school and community settings may be key to the future stability of Irish society. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx