Gossip Girls and Boys Get Lessons in Empathy

CAROL’S SUMMARY: Spoiled behavior among young adults has long been a problem, but schools are tackling those problems first-hand by developing programs and classes to teach students empathy. LifeBound publishes a book and a program called People Smarts for Teenagers, which focuses on teaching students what Daniel Goleman terms “emotional intelligence.” Goleman argues that your EQ is more important than your IQ in college, career and life. People Smarts—and EQ—is all about how you understand and manage yourself, relate to and work with others, and handle life disappointments and setbacks. These qualities go into someone’s personal grist—and those are some of the greatest indicators of life success.


Published: April 4, 2009

SCARSDALE, N.Y. — The privileged teenagers at Scarsdale Middle School are learning to be nicer this year, whether they like it or not.
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English classes discuss whether Friar Laurence was empathetic to Romeo and Juliet. Research projects involve interviews with octogenarians and a survey of local wheelchair ramps to help students identify with the elderly and the disabled. A new club invites students to share snacks and board games after school with four autistic classmates who are in separate classes during the day.

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One Response to “Gossip Girls and Boys Get Lessons in Empathy”

  1. Sabrina says:

    Morals these days are dying within our younger community. I remember when I was younger and I’m only 26 and there wasn’t any type of talking back or even a peep of disrespect, yes I’m sure there was some, but nothing like there is today. Parents need to help the teachers and administrators to get on board with creating manners and morals. I think kids these days think that their teachers shouldn’t tell them how they should act in their personal lives, but thier personal lives are spent in school for most of their lives and they don’t want to be disrespected while they are spending most of their days with their students!

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