Denmark is the only country in the world where schools teach empathy, and it is obligatory. Empathy is the ability to feel the emotions of another person and it is essential in Denmark. Empathy would help children thrive in their future lives.
According to Michele Borba, a psychologist specializing in education, lack of empathy is provoked by narcissism, which continues to grow. This could explain why almost a third of students are depressed.
An hour of empathy a week, a secret ingredient?
Since a 1993 law, children aged 6 to 16 have one hour of empathy lessons per week.
Empathy as important as mathematics or English
While talking and listening to their classmates, children even have the right to eat cake, provided they cooked it together. “It’s as important as mathematics or English,” says Jessica Alexander at LaPresse.
This practice has been codified in the 1993 Danish Education Act, which among other things aims to teach children about boundaries, empathy and sexuality. (source)