From a post by Royan Lee – I would make a distinction between empathy and compassion, where empathy is putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and feeling their pain. I think empathy can do good in the short term, but it tends to distort things. It’s racist and parochial. It’s a lot easier to feel empathy for someone who looks like me or is adorable, than someone who scares me and lives far away and doesn’t look like me. Empathy is innumerate. It tends to focus us on the plight of individuals and not groups. It’s because of empathy that our society cares more about a little girl stuck in a well than on global warming, because I empathize with the girl and her family
I feel blessed to be an educator. I have had the good fortune of working as an English teacher, an Assistant Principal, a Principal and an Assistant Superintendent. I currently serve as the Assistant Superintendent of Burlington Public Schools (MA).
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