I spend a lot of time sharing about the importance of STEM education for our young children, especially girls. While it remains an important topic of conversation, I do think that “kindness education” is equally important. In this day and age (politics aside, please) of what I call anger rhetoric and brazen public bullying, our children are exposed to a world that can seemingly demonstrate a lack of kindness.
The basic tenets of the human condition are health and welfare. Ensuring access to food, nutrition, medical support etc. are basic foundations of what the human condition needs. Truth, caring, honesty, and kindness are the more intrinsic factors of the human experience. Our children need to experience kindness; to demonstrate kindness and to build a life of kindness. While I am not a social scientist nor am I a human psychologist ….. I do know what kindness means……to me; to my family; to my children and to the next generation entering the world.
My sister is a gifted teacher – teaching in an integrated first grade learning environment for over 30 years. The school she works in is in a socio economically challenged district. She sees a lot of the social challenges her children experience. My sister understands the experience of kindness and how that matters to young children often from less than kind circumstances. She shared with me her passion to include kindness in her curriculum and within her school. She has been focused on a “no bullying” campaign over the past two years. She is going to now build a legacy of kindness in a “kindness curriculum” over the next four years before she retires. This is the legacy she will leave the school; the children and the world. What a difference it will make to our future generations.
STEM is important and Kindness always matters! #practicekindness #bekind