If we want people to learn empathy..we have to have understanding and empathy for them…..
It is not “natural” for males to be fierce or cruel. They are socialized to exhibit fierceness and imperviousness to pain. It is natural to be vulnerable, caring and compassionate, and when we welcome who they are, we begin the teaching of non violence…empathy….
…and so our story starts…
The children had spent a busy morning painting, writing in their personal journals, building in the block room, sorting coins, being read to, and then coming together to sing as a group. They had gone out to the yard to have snack, to run about, to dig in the sand, take care of their garden, and to involve themselves in games of fantasy and danger.
I was on the yard with them, tying shoes, helping, soothing, laughing. It was a sunny day and the feeling tone was pleasant and productive.
Suddenly five year old Luke came careening around the corner, his…
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