In the News: Creating citizens who are empathetic

Research by Associate Professor Kimberly Schonert-Reichl was recently featured in a Globe & Mail article on the need for schools to create empathetic citizens.

Read an excerpt from the commentary by Nikhil Goyal:

“It’s remarkable to see how babies remake these kids. In a wonderful piece for the New York Times, after observing Roots of Empathy classrooms, David Bornstein writes, “Around babies, tough kids smile, disruptive kids focus, shy kids open up.” After conducting controlled studies specifically pinpointing “proactive aggressive students” – your playground bullies – Kimberly Schonert-Reichl, a psychology professor at the University of British Columbia, found that 88 per cent of these children decreased this form of behaviour over the school year compared with the control group where only 9 per cent did.”

Read the full story in the Globe and Mail here.