In this episode, we are speaking with Dr. Michele Borba, author of UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in our All-About-Me World. Dr. Borba is an internationally renowned educational psychologist and an expert in parenting, bullying and character development. She is an award-winning author of 22 books, many having been translated into other languages! One of our nation’s foremost authorities on child development, Dr. Borba appears as a regular contributor on Today and a featured expert on Dateline, The View, Dr. Phil, NBC Nightly News, Fox & Friends, The Dr. Oz Show and The Early Show..
Our conversation focused on these questions:
- What’s the big question behind your latest book on empathy, Unselfie?
- Why should parents and schools prioritize empathy? What are the possible positive outcomes if we reverse our empathy crisis? What if we continue down the path of self-absorption – the Selfie Syndrome?
- In your book you outline 9 competencies that define empathetic children – broken down into 3 parts: developing, practicing and living empathy. We made connections between so many of these ideas and our Profile of A Graduate. What are some collaborative practices that we can implement to support the development of empathy?
- Our learners are no different than most – pretty plugged in. What impact do you think technology and our always-plugged-in culture have contributed toward our empathy crisis? What suggestions do you have for managing the technology use of children, both inside and outside of school?
- More and more schools are realizing that traditional metrics of success need to be rethought. We need to value dispositions such as caring and compassion, too often ignored because they aren’t easy to measure, and embrace change that provides our children with the “empathy advantage.” What can school leaders and parents do now to give our kids this advantage?
- What’s next for Michele? What are you currently working on?
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- How will you shift your vision to provide all learners with the “empathy advantage”?
- How might you engage parents as partners in this work?
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