Learning Empathy by Design
Ashoka Changemaker Network July 8, 2014
Ask an elementary school teacher what the least enjoyable part of their job is, and many will tell you: managing classroom behavior. Mediating minor disputes between students in the cafeteria, in the classroom and on the playground comes with the territory, but it can also drain teachers' energy and creativity and take up valuable time.
But what would happen if kids were expected to mediate their own disputes? Is it possible to break out of the "teacher-as-referee-and-disciplinarian" mold? It is, if you start teaching students the skills they need to solve their own problems and expect them to do so at a young age.