Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson talks empathy in education
“Humans aren’t as good as we should be in our capacity to empathise with feelings and thoughts of others, be they humans or other animals on Earth. So maybe part of our formal education should be training in empathy. Imagine how different the world would be if, in fact, that were ‘reading, writing, arithmetic, empathy.” – Neil deGrasse Tyson
Neil deGrasse Tyson is one of the modern world’s most well-known scientists. If you aren’t familiar with his work in bringing amazing science knowledge to a general audience, we strongly recommend watching the television documentary series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (an awesome way to inspire science students), or even have a scroll through his Twitter feed during your lunch break, for gems like these ones:
Our “Common Sense” is not derived from what is true in Nature but from the limits on how our senses interact with Nature.
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) May 7, 2015
Okay to encourage others to pull themselves up by their bootstraps. But if you do, just remember, some people have no boots. — Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) May 8, 2015
Neil deGrasse sat down for a special interview with PETA to discuss the human-animal relationship and the importance of teaching empathy to young children. The interview is definitely worth a watch, especially as a source of inspiration for humane educators around the world. Enjoy!
OR for a more kid-friendly take on empathy, check out this fun interview on Sesame Street here!