I read an article on CNN last weekend called Babies go to school to teach. The gist of it is that babies are brought into elementary school classrooms to teach children about feelings. This has led to less aggression and bullying among the kids.
I think this is an ingenious and inexpensively elegant way to teach kids to be considerate about other people’s feelings. I know everyone in my family is disarmed by the presence of a baby. There’s something so innocent and good about them that you can’t help but be touched.
Teaching feelings is also a worthwhile endeavor. It may sound silly, but considering all the high-profile teen suicides related to bullying this year, anything that could prevent more from happening is a good thing. Also, kids who grow up knowing to take other people’s feelings into account may be less likely to commit crimes because of how it would make their victims feel. I hope this program, Roots of Empathy, continues to spread and be successful.