UNH researchers say teaching empathy to students can help reduce bullying
They have learned it through the application of the nationally recognized “Courage to Care” bullying prevention program created by UNH researchers and educators and unveiled in 2011.
Now, future educators can also learn how to teach the program in a new course offered through UNH’s graduate education program titled “The Courage to Care: Teaching Empathy in the Classroom.”
The new course will provide future teachers intensive training in the Courage to Care program. The students will then help implement the curriculum in a school, after school or other formal youth educational setting.
“Franklin’s whole rationale for starting the first high school in Philadelphia was his belief that the experiment in democracy would fail without teaching the young civility,” Smith said. “That, I think, is what we’re back to. Teachers and school districts are understanding the climate and culture of their school is as important as academics … we have to teach the whole child.”
He said more and more schools are hiring crisis coordinators and designating staff to serve as crisis interveners.
“We are showing them the real value in their lives and the rush they get in their brain from the endorphins when they try to do the right thing, when they stand up instead of stand by, when they compliment instead of put down. That is really what the program does,” Smith said.
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