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(Empathy in Education) In Our Connected World, What If Empathy Is Learning? By Thom Markham

(Empathy in Education) In Our Connected World, What If Empathy Is Learning? By Thom Markham | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Promote a Holistic, Non-Brain Centric View of Learning
Empathy be a behavior, but it has a physiological underpinning. In an empathetic state, the body relaxes and brain activity shifts to the higher centers. To an extent larger than generally realized, this shift is mediated by the heart. Further, the physiology of the heart—in the form of heart rate variability, which affects the messaging to the brain—is influenced by emotions. All the emotions associated with empathy, such as openness, humility, gratitude, and compassion, affect the heart positively.

View Empathy as the Foundation
Old schemata for learning, such as Bloom’s Taxonomy, need to be replaced by iceberg models that give us better insight into behaviors that matter in the world, including social awareness, self-awareness, and attitudes that lead to connection with others. This includes replacing the term ‘social-emotional’ learning, an industrial hangover from a time in which academic and social skills could be distinguished, with a strengths-based focus that binds intellect, passion, and skillfulness into a whole. Teaching SEL skills is on the rise, but teaching the core strength—openness, curiosity, and empathy—and acknowledging empathy’s   fundamental role in cognition and achievement is the next step.

Turn Empathy into an Outcome
Empathy can be learned, demonstrated, and evaluated, but it needs to be defined in terms deeper than ‘I like others.’ Empathy is the first step in the design process.

By Thom Markham

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(Empathy in Education) CBS decorating its doors with empathy

(Empathy in Education) CBS decorating its doors with empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

The classroom project relates to the book Habits of Mind, by Arthur L. Costa and Bena Kallick, which Regional School Unit 9 and many other districts is using to help students develop life skills for the classroom and beyond. CBS has adopted 12 of the skills and is focusing on five or six of them this year. For December, Principal Nichole Goodspeed said, the school decided to embrace the skill of Empathy.

Students in each classroom, nearly 20 in all, came up with their own designs to capture Empathy, relating to the Habits of Mind skill of listening with understanding and empathy. Designs ranged from popular books and movies the students had seen to emotions, animals and colorful collages.

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(Empathy in Education) (Empathic Design) Empathy: The Ultimate Classroom Management Skill

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Empathy: The Ultimate Classroom Management Skill
Meet Mary, a high school teacher serving "at risk" students in Phoenix. She has been struggling with her classroom. Students were being distracted and causing distractions. Students were blasting their music from their phones, talking to each other (not related to any learning), texting friends, and terribly unengaged in general. It spread and worsened throughout the year. She tried strategy after strategy... nothing was working. It was a strange year indeed, she never had these kinds of issues, and she felt stuck and disempowered in her own classroom.

Feeling stuck is usually a sign that we are seeing the world from a limited perspective. By expanding our perspectives, we can expand our options, and then make more empowered choices. One way to include new perspectives is developing deep empathy for someone, stepping into the shoes of another person, and seeing the world from their point of view. Gaining understanding of why Mary's students were disengaged can help Mary gain the perspective she needs to get unstuck.

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(Empathy in Education) At Maryland high schools, teaching empathy in a time of controversy

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By the time the students returned to school last month, she’d come up with an answer: A required course focused on building community and fostering citizenship.

The goal of the one-semester course required of all ninth-graders was simple: “To teach empathy in the midst of a society where that doesn’t seem to exist.”

At a time when the country has been divided by a series of controversies — most recently, the dispute between President Donald Trump and NFL players over protests during the national anthem — Davenport and educators across the region say they feel compelled to show students a different path.'...

 

She pulled together a group of teachers and had them develop the course. “We needed to start teaching empathy,” she said. “Whether you are a Democrat or Republican you need to get along with everyone. … We have to form a community that we could be proud of.”

 

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(Empathic Design) (Empathy in Education) The Teachers Guild - Empathy Interview

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Empathy interviews help drive toward the why to uncover new insights. Uncover insights by interviewing a  student, colleague, parent or administrator. 

DOWNLOAD OUR EMPATHY INTERVIEW GUIDE. 

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  • Find someone to interview. It can be a student, parent, colleague or community member. 
  • Set aside 30 min to 1hr. Set aside at least one hour with your interviewee. 
  • Ask why. Asking why uncovers deeper understanding
  • Stay neutral. Avoid correcting or offering up too much for you own story. 
  • Solicit stories. "Tell me the last time you..." 
  • Sit with silence. Allow for wait time to give your interviewee room to think. 
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(Empathic Education) Don’t Suspend Students. Empathize.

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Today Jason Okonofua is a newly minted psychology professor at Berkeley whose research focuses on empathy. As a Ph.D. student, he examined how helping couples understand each other’s feelings enabled them to talk to, not at, each another.

 

Then he began applying the idea to education: How can you help teachers understand the ways adolescents make sense of the world? Tackling the problem from the teachers’ instead of the students’ perspective was a novel approach. If he could change the behavior of a single teacher, could he improve the chances of a whole classroom of Jason Okonofuas?

 

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(Empathic Education) How to Prevent Burnout with Empathy

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2. Show Empathy
Taking steps toward self-compassion will prepare you emotionally to reach out to others. But let’s face it: Empathy is not the norm in many workplaces. In fact, lack of empathy and even the depersonalization of others are symptoms of the emotional exhaustion that comes with burnout. Here are a few tips to make empathy part of how you deal with people at work:

Build friendships. Most people can rattle off a dozen reasons why you shouldn’t be friends with co-workers. We believe just the opposite. Real connections and friendships at work matter—a lot. 

According to the Harvard Grant Study, one of the longest-running longitudinal studies of human development, having warm relationships is essential to health, well-being and happiness. Other research shows that caring for and feeling cared for by others lowers our blood pressure and enhances our immunity.

 

By Annie McKee and Kandi Wiens
Jul 18, 2017

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(Empathic Education) Empathy: the Key to Social and Emotional Learning

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Some school districts are taking that idea seriously and integrating the research into teaching practices. Oakland Unified School District, for example, is piloting a program called Roots of Empathy in 20 schools across the district. The program teaches students how to be empathetic by bringing a baby and the baby’s parent into K-12 classrooms.

 

The students are asked to think about the baby’s experience as it explores the classroom, while a trained facilitator helps them name the baby’s feelings and emotions. Focusing on the baby and its vulnerability allows students to practice empathy, making it easier to identify their own emotions in the future. As they become more self-aware they’re better able to develop respectful and caring relationships.

 

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Juan Juan's curator insight, August 28, 2017 11:31 PM
“Some scientists believe that cognitive achievement is 50 percent of the equation and social and emotional skills are the other 50 percent.” 
We are emotional beings, and the fact that we go to a classroom to learn does not mean we put our emotions aside in order to learn. We need to be aware that we co-exist in the classroom with people whose emotions cannot be illegitimated. Instead, we have to create an enviroment in which we recognize the other and help him/her be part of the whole so he can feel safe in order to give room to learning. 

Read this article and learn about empathy in the classroom!
Camilo Ceballos Rozo's curator insight, May 29, 12:16 AM
Some scientists believe that cognitive achievement is 50 percent of the equation and social and emotional skills are the other 50 percent.” We are emotional beings, and the fact that we go to a classroom to learn does not mean we put our emotions aside in order to learn. We need to be aware that we co-exist in the classroom with people whose emotions cannot be illegitimated. Instead, we have to create an enviroment in which we recognize the other and help him/her be part of the whole so he can feel safe in order to give room to learning.
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(Empathy in Education) The Importance Of Teaching Empathy To Preschoolers, Why All Parents & Teachers Should Do It

(Empathy in Education) The Importance Of Teaching Empathy To Preschoolers, Why All Parents & Teachers Should Do It | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

At its simplest, empathy is the awareness of the feelings and emotions of other people. It goes beyond sympathy, which is often thought of as feeling for someone, and instead, is feeling with that person.

 

Overview

Summary:  Discusses importance of, the why, and the how ,to teach empathy to preschoolers.

 

Definition: 

  • awareness of the feelings and emotions of other people.
  • is feeling with that person.


Benefits

  • -  bully
  • - uncontrolled aggressive behaviours
  • -  antisocial behaviours
  • -  behaviour problems.
  • + live a more peaceful existence.
  • +  share
  • + help others
  • + social skills
  • +  successful 


Training:  Many Ways To Build Empathy

  • attachment to a pet
  • look at the varying needs
  •  gardening
  • Connecting with other cultures


Author:  

ALEXA ERICKSON
AUGUST 1, 2016

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(Empathic Education) How Empathy Helps Us to Learn

(Empathic Education) How Empathy Helps Us to Learn | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Here’s why.

Empathy is healthy.
Today we know that positive emotions enhance well-being, health, relationships, and personal strengths.


Empathy promotes whole-child learning.
Empathy is estimated to activate the heart. Positive emotions such as gratitude and appreciation, the close cousins of empathy, show pronounced, positive effects on brain processes.


Empathy triggers creativity.
Empathy, design, and collaboration are interconnected pieces of the creative puzzle. Therefore, empathy may be a necessary component of an educational system increasingly tilted toward design and inquiry.

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How Design Thinking Builds Empathy, Gives Purpose and Honors Educators (EdSurge News)

How Design Thinking Builds Empathy, Gives Purpose and Honors Educators (EdSurge News) | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
When they’re working on a making project using the design thinking process, they develop empathy because they need to understand their audience or who they’re designing for. They’ll understand that it's important to be able to listen to others and to understand that everybody has something to bring to the table.
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Empathy in the Classroom - Seton Hall University

Empathy in the Classroom - Seton Hall University | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
In "The Power of Empathy in the Classroom," Paula Franzese goes further, and shares with her readers the philosophical, cognitive and behavioral science underpinnings to her approach as well as specific tools she uses in her "dazzlingly effective" teaching method.

Named an "Exemplary Teacher" by the American Association of Higher Education, Franzese makes clear that the key to effective teaching is empathy:

"Without empathy, we are teaching content instead of students. With empathy, we are better able to discern when a student is lost and when another has just made a connection. We see when a class member is engaged or disengaged.

 

We see where our students are and where they could be. Empathic teaching helps us to reach the whole class, including those at the margins and those who appear to be either left out or left behind. It requires that we call our students by name and ask that they put down their laptops and cell phones so that the power of human connectivity can do its work."

 

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Teaching Empathy in Schools: Why This is Important

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When we think of quality education, what normally springs to mind? Math and reading skills, history, science, spelling, and things along those lines are usually a pretty good start. However, there is a piece of education that seems to be missing in a lot of children today. And it has the potential to create very serious problems.

Empathy in today's day and age is on a sharp decline. It is becoming a struggle for children to relate to other people, leaving them closed off and isolated. One study shows that children who entered college after 2000 had a shocking 40% decrease in empathy levels than the generation before them. So what's causing this? And how can private schools help change it?


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Dr. Theresa Kauffman's curator insight, May 4, 2017 11:24 AM
At Kauffman Leadership Academy, we use Parker Palmer's Habits of the Heart to promote kindness, empathy, but also good citizenship. Feeling safe is important in the learning process.
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Addressing the “Toxins in our Hearts”: A Conversation with Mary Gordon, founder of Roots of Empathy

Addressing the “Toxins in our Hearts”: A Conversation with Mary Gordon, founder of Roots of Empathy | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Mary Gordon recognizes our huge crisis of connection with so much alienation. “We don’t have the capacity or the will to empathize with the humanity of the ‘other’. We don’t consider them in the same category of the neighbor. We identify from whatever orientation we have as a group. I’m hoping we can help children to see the other as ourselves, and that we can reach across the divides to see the other as self.” Amen, I think.

CS Please tell me about how Roots of Empathy works.

MG Well, the idea has been (in terms of our practical involvement) to find a parent and young infant (we start at 2 months old) where there is a secure, clearly attuned relationship between parent and child. The parent and baby come to the classroom and the class focuses on what is going on in the child and in the relationship.

CS Do you teach children empathy?

MG You really can’t teach empathy. Actually we engage the children by asking them to share their perceptions of what is going on with the baby and the caregiver. What we do, coach the children to help them understand a child’s signals and what they mean.
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(Empathy in Education)  Make the Classroom a Haven for Empathy With These Online Resources

(Empathy in Education)  Make the Classroom a Haven for Empathy With These Online Resources | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

Teachers have the power to create an environment in their classroom that is one of inclusiveness, tolerance, and optimism, despite whatever is going on outside in the world. One of the fundamental ideas of social and emotional learning, which is becoming a critical area of academic focus in recent years, includes feeling and showing empathy for others.

 

Empathy is defined as the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts, and experience of another, without having the feelings, thoughts, and experience fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner—putting yourself in someone else's shoes.

Teaching empathy in schools can help students understand multiple perspectives of the reality of others, and learn compassion for their emotions as well.

The level of empathy taught in students’ homes is uncertain and not guaranteed, which could lead to biases and prejudices that may go unchecked throughout childhood and adolescence. Teachers, counselors, and administrators can teach empathy to ensure their students are getting exposure to these kinds of social and emotional learning topics to emphasize their importance.

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Sign the Petition: Sign for schools to teach coping skills, Empathy classes and social skills in schools! And manners!

Sign the Petition: Sign for schools to teach coping skills, Empathy classes and social skills in schools! And manners! | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
Sign for schools to teach coping skills, Empathy classes and social skills in schools! And manners! To improve children treat one another, sympathize, social skills, and cope with their home, school and the outside world. Build confidence and esteem. Help preparing for work.

 

Learning to empathize instead of bullying . building support systems and filling the gaps. For what people need to learn for their well being and others. Teaching volunteering as an coping strategy,resume and relationship builder. And compassion as strength. Being awareness. Helping children to teens learn these things to help for when they're old enough to move out. Creating powerful positive school to work and home life.

 

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(Empathic Education) Compassionate Schools Project  

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The Compassionate Schools Project is the most comprehensive study ever undertaken of a 21st century health and wellness curriculum in an elementary or secondary school setting. Facilitating the integrated development of mind and body, the project interweaves support in academic achievement, mental fitness, health, and compassionate character

 

. The research aims to have a major impact on children’s education Nationwide in terms of academic performance, physical education, character development, and child health policies­ due to its extraordinary scale of 50 schools and 20,000 children over the project’s six years.

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(Empathic Education) Finland is really good at stopping bullying. Here's how they're doing it.

(Empathic Education) Finland is really good at stopping bullying. Here's how they're doing it. | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it

One of the most interesting ways KiVa teaches this bystander empathy is through computer games and simulations.

In one of the games, the kids take control of cartoon avatars that are put in a variety of bullying situations they might encounter in school.

"For instance, they might witness a bullying incident and they have to decide what to do; whether to defend the victim or do something else," Johanna Alanen, KiVa's International Project Manager, told Upworthy in an email.

"There are different options on how to defend the victim," Alanen explained. "Their choices have consequences and lead to new situations.

Basically, the programs are kind of like choose-you-own-adventure stories for bullying, allowing the kids to see what consequences might come from certain actions, all in a virtual setting.

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(Empathic Education) Boosting Comprehension Through Empathy (via Edutopia)

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Empathy is a topic that was repeatedly part of conversation at the 2017 ILA convention in Orlando, FL this weekend.  It is a topic that is timely, relevant, and necessary.  About a year ago, I wrote a post on Edutopia discussing how empathy and reading comprehension can intersect. 

 

Discussing and practicing empathy in the classroom is a practice that benefits both teachers and students, and it reaches into both the social-emotional and academic experiences of a classroom community.  It provides a lens through which to view peers, texts, and the world at large. 

 

Take a look at this post for ideas on how to use empathy to boost comprehension.  If you give any of these ideas a try, I would love to hear from you! 

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(Empathic Education) How to Prevent Burnout with Empathy

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2. Show Empathy
Taking steps toward self-compassion will prepare you emotionally to reach out to others. But let’s face it: Empathy is not the norm in many workplaces. In fact, lack of empathy and even the depersonalization of others are symptoms of the emotional exhaustion that comes with burnout. Here are a few tips to make empathy part of how you deal with people at work:

Build friendships. Most people can rattle off a dozen reasons why you shouldn’t be friends with co-workers. We believe just the opposite. Real connections and friendships at work matter—a lot. 

According to the Harvard Grant Study, one of the longest-running longitudinal studies of human development, having warm relationships is essential to health, well-being and happiness. Other research shows that caring for and feeling cared for by others lowers our blood pressure and enhances our immunity.

 

By Annie McKee and Kandi Wiens
Jul 18, 2017

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(Empathy in Education) 5 Tips for Raising an Empathetic Child — Starting in Preschool

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According to Nelson, there are five ways you can help your preschooler learn empathy:

1. Recognize and address your child’s needs.
A child’s needs and wants aren’t always convenient. If adult schedules interfere with nap time, it’s tempting to tell your child, “You can wait a few minutes.” But a “few minutes” can seem like an eternity to a sleepy 4-year-old. Validate your child’s feelings by saying instead, “I know you’re tired, and we’ll get home as soon as we can and then you can go right to sleep.”

2. Focus on feelings.
Read books about feelings, and encourage your child to identify their own emotions, as well as those of others. When you notice a child who is happy or sad, remark on it.

Zoe, the mother of 5-year-old Sofia, said to her daughter recently, “Your brother was very quiet tonight. Do you think he might be sad because Daddy’s out of town?” Another time Zoe said to Sofia, “Your friend Michael was jumping up and down when you got to school! Didn’t he look happy to see you?”

3. Teach verbal and non-verbal cues....
4. Use pretend play...
5. Encourage inclusion...

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Get Empathy | The Relational Center

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What It’s About
Get Empathy is a youth leadership program for schools and community groups. It focuses on empowering young people to foster a culture of empathy in their environments.

 

The Challenge

A study conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan found that college students today are 40% less empathic than they were in 1979, with the steepest decline coming in the last 10 years. A 1996 brief by the American Society for Curriculum Development warned that the “charge of enabling each student to achieve individual promise, including economic potential, often stands at odds with the broader need to prepare all learners to be good citizens“. It goes on to say that while “career preparation is a valid function of education, democracy demands much more. Democratic life requires critical inquiry, collective decision making, civic participation, and a commitment to the common good”. With a focus on preparing students to compete in the labor market, the culture of public education may neglect the basic lesson of empathy, leading to a culture that rewards peer humiliation and bullying.

Story Telling Tools
Storytelling naturally builds connection. When students have a deeper knowledge of each other’s life experience, their empathy toward one another is activated. When students receive empathy, they feel more connected to their own values and get clearer about how their challenges have inspired leadership.

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(Empathy in Education) Education, social skills, and empathy to combat bullying -  

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Bullying culture is widespread in Australian schools, yet policies are handed down to schools, only to be scrapped, causing confusion and impeding progress. What actually constitutes bullying? How do we fix it?

 

Mr Yildiz says most young children who bully are copying behaviour modelled to them outside school. “Ignoring this behaviour in a school setting issues a ‘green light’; they need to be told: “No, that’s bullying!”

 

He says we must contextualise these corrections, by actively teaching empathy as a curriculum priority he recommends: “The best way to get people to change is to make them feel things.”

 

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(Empathic Education) How One School is Teaching Empathy After the Election

(Empathic Education) How One School is Teaching Empathy After the Election | Empathy and Education | Scoop.it
The story of a group of sixth graders learning to bridge political divides after the U.S. election.

 
A quest toward empathy

Feeling an obligation to define our terms, we asked students to first distinguish empathy from sympathy. Empathy (“feeling into”), they decided, is like putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, while sympathy (“feeling with”) means feeling bad for them. The distinction is not perfect, but the working definition allowed us to begin investigating our empathic capacities and the barriers that stand in the way.

 

According to the GGSC, “Emotion researchers generally define empathy as the ability to sense other people’s emotions, coupled with the ability to imagine what someone else might be thinking or feeling.”

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(Empathy In Education) The Power of Empathy in the Classroom 

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by Paula A. Franzese 

 

A teacher is vested with the power and privilege to shape students' perceptions of themselves and the learning process. What is more, we are entrusted with the task of preparing our classes to navigate an increasingly complex world. Empathy is essential to that task.

When we teach with empathy we unleash empathy in our students' learning pathways, allowing both cognitive and emotional aptitudes to align. That alignment facilitates the development of the hard and soft skills essential to understanding and participating in interconnected spheres of exchange and influence. Empathic learning deepens our students' abilities to cultivate more nuanced, conceptual, and resonant understanding of subject matter. It facilitates the process of deriving meaning from context, allowing our classes to feel into settings and experiences different from their own. Empathy cultivates proximity to the "other," however conceived, thereby reminding our students that the burdens of their own struggles do not relieve them of the responsibility to see others in theirs and, from that shared perch, to find common ground.

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