Teaching Children Empathy over Competition?

Teaching Children Empathy over Competition?

What do you think, is showing empathy more important than being very competitive?

And what is the parent’s role in helping children that become over anxious?

Can a competitive environment cause great anxiety in children?

If you go to the link below, maybe you’ll be able to find some interesting articles about the raising of children.



11 thoughts on “Teaching Children Empathy over Competition?

  1. Yes, Uta, I read that article and agreed with the author. Pitting children against each other is not helpful. Nor does the obsession with making ‘winners’ out of children at the cost of empathy and understanding differences. This is were Australian upbringing both at schools and at home differs greatly from other countries.

  2. Well, since I have no kids, nor will I have kids, I will pass on the article, but I can’t help thinking that in a world of ultra-winner-takes-all competition at all levels, a swing back to empathy is in high order. Empathy on all levels, crib to grave.

    1. This is what it says in this article: “…. According to the World Happiness Index, the Danes are among the happiest people in the world and it’s been that way for more than four decades.

      The Danes do not prescribe to a me-versus-you culture. After much questioning and a day in a classroom, I discovered it starts at primary school.

      Their curriculum focuses strongly on the “whole” child, not just their sporting or academic achievements. Entire subjects are dedicated to teaching empathy, mutual respect and social cohesion over competitiveness.

      On the contrary, the smartest kids become the teacher’s aides, helping other kids, who are finding things more challenging in the class, to better understand.

      Former mayor for child and youth services in Copenhagen Pia Allerslev and Mette Broegard, a primary school teacher-turned-principal, told me how Danish teachers spend those early school years teaching children how to develop their internal (emotional) compass, focusing on subjects like socialisation, autonomy, critical thinking and self-esteem. . . .”

      I reckon the Danes seem to be good educators, and this is what is needed in our world! 🙂

      1. The Danes also have a bang up social system which pays for education, medical care, and equalizes the playing field in so many ways. No wonder they are such a joyous bunch. 😉

    1. Isn’t it mostly a cultural thing? What you describe, Carolyn, definitely would be a culture I’d like to live in. But does it work like that in all countries? Well, it would be nice. 🙂
      Hugs, Uta 🙂

      1. Carolyn, I reckon if the school policy is to teach empathy, this goes a long way. Mostly small children can be taught this quite well. However when we stress competition. competition, competition, then we end up with a very competitive society and not enough people willing to show empathy. I for instance believe in the good of people, but it has to be promoted somehow . . .

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