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Roots of empathy#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;an evidence-based program developed in 1996 by longtime educator and social entrepreneur Mary Gordon#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;has already reached more than 270,000 children in Canada, the U.S., Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and elsewhere. Now, as The New York Times reports that #xE2;#xAC;Sempathy lessons are spreading everywhere amid concerns over the pressure on students from high-stakes tests and a race to college that starts in kindergarten,#xE2;#xAC; Mary Gordon explains the value of and how best to nurture empathy and social and emotional literacy in all children#xE2;#xAC;#x1D;and thereby reduce aggression, antisocial behavior, and bullying.
Mary Gordon is an internationally recognized educator, author, child advocate, and parenting expert who has created award-winning programs focused on the power of empathy. In 1996, she founded Roots of Empathy, which now offers programs in Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and elsewhere. Gordon speaks and consults to governments, educational organizations, and public institutions. She is a Member of the Order of Canada and an Ashoka Fellow. Her Web site is http://www.rootsofempathy.org.