By Andrew Peterson
This publication makes a defence of compassion as an important and critical caliber that are meant to be on the center of the schooling of kids. It presents a cautious exploration of what compassion skill; the way it is appropriate to a few of the relationships between scholars, lecturers, and the broader group; and the actual pedagogical strategies which could and can advance compassion. knowing and justifying compassion as a advantage, this ebook argues that compassion is a advantage relevant to all human relationships from the familial, to the communal and to the worldwide. will probably be of curiosity to teachers, study and scholars of schooling.
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For this reason, Rousseau advises: Do not, therefore, accustom your pupil to regard the sufferings of the unfortunate and the labors of the poor from the height of his glory; and do not hope to teach him to pity5 them if he considers them alien to him. Make him understand well that the fate of these unhappy people can be his, that all of their ills are there in the ground beneath his feet, that countless unforeseen and inevitable events can plunge him into them from one moment to the next. (1762/1979, p.
For these reasons, solidarity brings people closer together, stemming from and building common interests, shared concerns and mutual understanding. As Arnot et al. (2009, p. 253) suggest, the ‘source of compassion is not merely in me but also in the sense of community, in the sense of shared humanity’. Moreover, solidarity involves a recognition of reciprocity, and as such is concerned with the interconnections and mutual exchange from engaging with others. So far as compassion is concerned, this entails a belief that others would reciprocate if the situation was reversed and/or that we would welcome the compassion of others were we to be suffering.
222) makes something of a similar point when he argues that ‘men are not naturally kings, or lords, or courtiers, or rich men. All are born naked and poor; all are subject to the miseries of life, to sorrows, ills, needs, and pains of every kind. Finally, all are condemned to death. This is what truly belongs to man’. Establishing the need for Émile to come into relation with the suffering of others when an adolescent, he continues that ‘when the ﬁrst development of his senses lights the ﬁre of imagination, he begins to feel himself in his fellows, to be moved by their complaints and to suffer from their pains.
Compassion and Education: Cultivating Compassionate Children, Schools and Communities by Andrew Peterson