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  • D.J. Bernat

    Ha, I'd always seen that quote (or some version of it) attributed to MLK, I didn't realize there was some confusion as to its origin.

    Great article, I'm a two time AmeriCorps*NCCC Alum who became interested in education (currently in grad school studying School Psychology) after serving in a school for one of my projects. It's amazing how the default reaction for so many educators is to be critical and/or punitive instead of trying to meet kids at their level.

  • Andrea Carter

    Empathy is so much more respectful. When you recalibrate experiences later on, the worse thing to revisit in an acknowledge after-taste of resentment in interpreting that past sentiment as sympathy if the person resolves beyond brokeness. A mature emotion revisited can clearance a past emotion as pity if that person realizes you had low-expectations of their emotional stamina. Don't pity students. Empathize and still reinforce you expect and need them expect more inspite of their odds.

    Odds are unfair but resilency requires added might to not surrender in righteous pain and humiliation. Young people need to trust in this grace ethic.

  • Mary Brown

    Empathy Is A Far Better Trait To Posses Than Sympathy Or Apathy!