We all know what a Danish tart is — that fascinating caloric missile of glazed breakfast deliciousness. But what about a Danish classroom patty? And likewise, how can this help school empathy?
While researching our work” The Danish Way of Parenting; What the Happiest People in the World Know About Raising Confident, Capable Kids ,” my co-author and I interviewed countless teachers and students across Denmark to read how they incorporate empathy in schools and at home. Notably, in the Danish education system empathy is considered as important as educating math and literature, and it is woven into the school’s curriculum from pre-school through high school.
The Danes’ highly developed sense of empathy is one of the main reasons that Denmark is consistently voted one of the most wonderful countries in “the worlds”( this year it is once again number one ). Empathy plays a key role in improving our social communications, which is a major factor in our overall happiness.
What many don’t realize is that empathy is a learned skill that many of us miss out on in America. In information, some studies depict empathy heights have sagged up to 40 percent in the U.S. in the last 30 years, while narcissism is on the steady rise.
Why is educating empathy so important ?Teaching empathy is not simply been proven to build girls more emotionally and socially competent and significantly reduce bullying, it can also used to help be more successful and high-functioning adults in the future. A recent study from Duke and Penn State followed over 750 people for 20 years, and found that those who were able to share and facilitate other children in kindergarten were more likely to alumnu from high school and have full-time places. Students who weren’t as socially adept were more likely to drop out of school, go to juvenile quarantine, or necessitate government assistance.
We describe several empathy curricula for younger girls in our work, but one of the most interesting curricula, that starts on the first day of school at six years old up and persists until graduation at age sixteen, is called ” Klassen Time” or” the Class’s Hour .” It’s one of the ways Danes become so skilled at empathy as they grow up.
” The Class’s Hour” is set for a special day formerly a few weeks, and it is a core part of the curriculum. The role is for all the students to come together in a cozy setting to talk about current problems they are able having. Together, the class tries to find a solution. This could be an issue between two students or a group, or even something unrelated to school at all. If there are no problems to be discussed, then they simply come together to tighten and hygge — or cozy around together.
While it isn’t clear what goes discussed each week, it’s clear that the Class’s Hour is educating empathy and helping students learn to understand others’ concerns , not only their own. It is promoting social connectedness rather than divide.
It’s interesting to think what implementing the Class’s Hour in the U.S. school system could do for our future. By dedicating an hour a few weeks to educating kids to made themselves in someone else’s shoes from the ages of 6 to16, and helping to find solutions together, what kind of changes could we bring about? Gazing to the world prosperity reports year after year, I can’t help but think that incorporating a form of the Danish Class’s Hour in our schools and improving rapport could literally be a piece of cake.