ERIC Number: ED446284
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000-Apr-9
Empathy: A Paradoxical Key to Successful Human Learning Futures.
This paper argues that the concept "empathy" will be fundamental to successful human learning futures. However, while the need for empathetic education workers will increase, the paper also suggests that the possibility of them being so will become increasingly problematic. The paper first provides an outline of some conceptions of empathy and presents a brief argument for why the need for empathetic education workers is both morally obliged and a practical necessary. It then looks to education futures that suggest that education workers and students will increasingly interact with one another regardless of differences in cultures, contexts, time, and space. Within this context of increased diversity among workers and students, the paper addresses how two paradoxes are created: a pragmatic paradox is created, because communication within immediate education futures will involve restricted body language and physical presence and lead to the use and interpretation of words becoming even more crucial, and a moral paradox is created, because the need for empathetic education workers will increase and being an empathetic education worker will become harder, while communications between some groups and about some things will just not be allowed. Finally, the paper suggests why education workers should not give up on continuing to be empathetic. (Contains 13 references.) (YLB)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: TEND 2000: Proceedings of the Technological Education and National Development Conference, "Crossroads of the New Millennium" (2nd, April 8-10, 2000, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates); see CE 080 883.