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Roots of Empathy: Changing the World Child by Child Paperback – September 1, 2009
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—from the foreword by Daniel J. Siegel, MD, author of The Developing Mind and Parenting from the Inside Out
“Empathy, an innate human quality that arises in a child from nurturing attachment relationships, is increasingly rare in our stressed, alienated, and disconnected culture. Mary Gordon's Roots of Empathy program, outlined in this indispensable book, provides young students with an environment in which they can interact with someone even more vulnerable than they, under the care and attention of loving adults. Empathy grows naturally.”
—Gabor Maté, MD, author of Hold On To Your Kids: Why Parents Need to Matter More Than Peers
“[An] impressive book... It’s a bold and wonderful idea, part of a movement to put empathetic understanding of other people alongside the academic concerns of education and close to the center of our society.”
—The Globe and Mail
“This brilliant program belongs in every classroom in every school in every country of the world, forever. There’s no better way to teach empathy—the essential human trait.”
—Raffi Cavoukian, singer, author, and founder of Child Honoring
“Mary Gordon has opened the door to finally treating the whole child in a practical, no-nonsense, yet sensitive and compassionate way.”
—Michael Fullan, Professor Emeritus, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto
“In this engaging book, Gordon describes how her program has helped reduce incidences of aggression and bullying… This ‘emotional literacy’ allows Roots of Empathy to educate, as Gordon puts it, ‘both the mind and the heart.’”
“I’ve long recommended the Roots of Empathy program in my own work with parents, children, and educators, which, like Mary Gordon’s program, is focused on teaching children how to do the right thing. Roots of Empathy is an essential book for every one of us invested in cultivating greater empathy in children—whether at home or in the classroom.”
—Michele Borba, EdD, author of Building Moral Intelligence and Parents Do Make a Difference
“Emboldened by what infants and young children have taught us about how early in life the seeds of compassion are planted and what it takes to grow the roots of empathy deeply, Mary Gordon strives to bring about no less than world peace and protection for our planet’s future, starting with schools and classrooms everywhere, one child, one parent, one teacher at a time.”
—T. Berry Brazelton, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Emeritus, Harvard Medical School and Founder, Brazelton Touchpoints Center and Joshua Sparrow, MD, Director of Special Initiatives, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School, authors of the Touchpoints books
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Top Customer Reviews
Teaching children information is very different than creating an experience to find out how others feel.
This critically helps us realize our common humanity...how our behavior affects others...what our emotions are...and how what we first-think, say and do -deeply impacts others.It leads to self-responsibilty-excatly what we all need more of.
This is critically important!
This Book and Program shows us how to incorportae this in our schools...through their interactions with babies.
What else happens that is quite amazing is that it gets children to open up about their own feelings...either form their time as babies or in how they may be felling in the "here and now"-
something that is very important.
Thanks for writing this book. I am hoping many others discover it.
Sincerely, Bonny Corbeil.
The Roots of Empathy program brings newborns into the classroom once a month and uses the experience to build lessons about relationships, parenting, and empathy. The program has been successful in reducing bullying, abusive parenting, and prejudice.
Parents should read Roots of Empathy to learn real-world strategies for encouraging empathy in their own children. Gordon writes, "The instructor uses well-known children's literature to illustrate emotions such as loneliness and sadness and to underscore themes such as inclusion and bullying." Parents can use storytime to talk about feelings with their children, opening up the opportunity for those conversations later in life.
Gordon's overarching premise is that babies are uniquely positioned to teach emotional literacy. Students learn by "observing the baby's experiences and the emotions they inspire; naming the emotions; anchoring the emotion in themselves privately through discussion; reflection, art, and journaling; and discussing their feelings with others." Parents too can take lessons from this progression.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This was not useful. Broad information was what I needed not one specific, detailed process that never went mainstream in my circles.Published 9 months ago by Lorie E.
A inspirational, hope filled book. Life changing stories through the power of our beautiful wise babies. I hope this programme floods our planet!Published 13 months ago by Jill Moore
The book explains the need for empathy education, as well as how using babies as ambassadors for empathy can change classroom and school climate. Read morePublished on May 9, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This is one program and a wealth of knowledge that could easily change the world, and is. I hope to excite others of this work.Published on March 4, 2013 by Claire Brothers
This is a great idea for any school system.. i bought four of these books to share with other people at my school.Published on March 6, 2012 by mizzeliz