Good educators know that real knowledge and a strong work ethic come from such things as memorization, rewards for correct answers, intellectually challenging reading, and math and writing instruction based on real standards. Real education does not come from unsupported opinions, or from expressing empathy with faraway groups.
I don't know when schools got into the empathy business, but it's pretty pervasive today. At Webster University in St. Louis, a straight-A student named David Schwartz, was dismissed from a master's degree program because some instructor decided David lacked empathy. He's suing the university now, and I hope he wins.
In another area, I know a father who was denied custody of his children because the judge ruled he didn't have enough empathy. She had no credentials for making that judgment, but Family Court judges can issue any order they want. There is no scientific definition of empathy, so any empathy decision is based on the biases and prejudices of the instructor or judge.
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