Empathy 101

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      We all want our children to receive the best education – one which will set them up for financial security in adulthood. However leading economists warn that within 30 years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) will have taken over to such an extent that our children will be stranded in a world of mass unemployment… unless we reform education itself!

      The solution, they say, lies in an education that will actively cultivate those special qualities that sets us apart from AI – our capacity for empathy and creativity.

      If we don’t reform our education system says German data scientist Andreas Schleicher who heads the Education Division at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the world will be educating “second-class robots and not first-class humans.”

      Schleicher’s call is supported by Jack Ma, former head of the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba. Speaking at the World Economic Forum held in Davos, Switzerland last year, Ma argued that “kids won’t stand a chance unless education changes so as to teach the skills that are uniquely human – independent thinking, teamwork and caring for others.”

      Giancarlo Brotto, a global education strategist for Smarttech.com, added his support at the recent LearnIt conference held in London in January. He said he had a 10-year goal for his son. “I want my son to come home complaining about his empathy mark!”


      Caring Classrooms believes that true empathy cannot be attained unless it includes respect and care for those beings who are at our mercy, the non-humans who share this planet with us.

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