Empathy: Sesame Workshop Summary

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The article E is for Empathy: Sesame Workshop Takes a Crack at Kindness it discusses how parents and educators are worried about the long-term impact on how the world doesn’t understand empathy. Sesame Street, Sesame workshop is concerned about the long-term impact that it will have on children growing up in an unkind society. However, researcher Jennifer Kotler-Clarke along with “86 percent of teacher and 70 percent” of parents believes that the world is an unkind place for children to grow up in and felt that it is more important than getting good grades and high academic achievements. Kindness can mean different things to different people. There was a survey done to see how parents defined the word kindness. The survey included words like…show more content…
Empathy is defined as prosocial, or altruistic, behavior benefits another person with no expected reward for the self (Berk & Meyers, 2015, P.364). Parents can teach their children empathy by setting an example, like being warm hearted, caring, sensitive, and allowing emotions to be expressed. It will allow children to show concern for others in distress. According, to the textbook emotional self-regulation is one’s ability to manage and express emotions (Berk & Meyers, (2015), P.362). However, kindness is a self-regulating emotion that you must learn how to control. In the article, an actor named Mark Ruffalo tries to teach Murray the Muppet about the word empathy. Knowing about emotion helps children get along with others which enhances relationships; when children recognize the difference, they can allow this emotion to…show more content…
The fact that many children are growing up in an unkind world and do not know the different between empathy and kindness. I agree children are growing up with no understanding of others feelings or pain. Sesame Street workshop CEO Jeffrey D. Dunn has made valid point about how important it is to show empathy toward others. However, only thirty-four percent of children are being raised to be empathic and kind while the other thirty percent are being raised with values. I believe that children should grow up showing both types of emotions do to the world we live in. The world we live in is so diverse that our children need to know the difference and how to self-regulate these emotions. In today’s world is empathy more important then

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