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Leslie Backkart

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The teaching of kindness, compassion and empathy.

Should our children be taught, without using religion, a defined feeling or emotion in having compassion, empathy and extending kindness onto others? Education to stimulate the mind is great, but stimulate something within their hearts. Children today don't seem to place the shoes of others onto their own feet. I fear we are raising a very unsocial and self motivated, self gratifying generation of children. What are your thoughts?

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    Jul 21 2013: Pre-K is teaching children to play well with others, somewhere along the way as they grow, they get a slice of their reality, for many kids, it's all about revenge. Revenge, anger, resentment for having been born. What an awful way for a child to grow up. There are a vast number of reasons why children so young have low self-esteem. The have lack of role models, lack of funds, lack of concern, lack of food, lack of feeling loved. We are the fortunate ones contributing to society. We are on TEDI But what about the others, the have-nots. Those that don't get heard. Isn't there a reason behind wayward children in our society. Children who's parents should have never had children. I am not asking about how fortunate we are, I am asking to assist in understanding of the less fortunate child and what may help them. The one that is in detention, or a gang or eventually juvenile prison. If we teach what is not in the home, perhaps a few more will have a better chance to be of benefit to society rather than a burden. The unwanted child learns only to be unwanted.
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      Jul 24 2013: Leslie, I love your insight on this. I always felt like I was a burden to my mother, still do at the age of 50. I had my son when I was only 19 years old and was determined, if nothing else, to make him know how much he was wanted, loved and valued, still do at the age of 30. He has become an independent, confident and caring young man who has also achieved great things academically. He has seen his mother vulnerable, sick, struggling and broke, but throughout all of it, I loved him to the full capacity that I possibly could. He learned to never take anything for granted, to respect and appreciate all that he had, whatever little it was. Things never came first, time spent together was our value. So, even though we were not the haves, or the fortunate ones, we were truly the winners.

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