Tennessee’s Carter Middle School is taking curriculum-changing steps to address the needs of its students—and we’re not talking reading, writing, and arithmetic. Nope, this school has identified a disconcerting lack of empathy in its students and is intentionally tackling this in the classroom.
From Knox News:
‘We knew that our kids were missing something,’ said assistant principal Katye Clemmons. ‘When we would talk to them, it didn’t matter if they were high or low-achieving students, or came from a broken home or a great home, there was just something missing.’
The missing piece became evident when Clemmons, Principal Michael Derrick, guidance counselor Tracy Cagle, school counselor Lori Miller, and teachers Jessica Smith, Chris Smith and Nathan Hone attended a Positive Behavior Conference in Nashville last spring.
‘When they started talking about Why Try, we just looked at each other and thought, ‘This is it!’ Why Try gives you a language, it has pictures that goes with it, it’s very kid-friendly, and every kid in the spectrum can relate to it in some way.’
Apathy is an increasing problem in a generation of kids that get instant gratification (or dire consequences, which is an interesting gamut when you think about it) on the computer screen or through possession of the latest cell phone. If you have been provided with the finer things—because this is, after all, the rat race that American children and their parents …
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