A huge thank you to my dear friend and all-star SLE board member Deb Mills-Scofield for allowing me to write for her blog this week! Check out my reflections on why an investment in language education is an investment in a generation of empathetic leaders.
There is debate about whether empathy is something that can be taught. I believe we can teach empathy by listening to and learning from people who are different from us. By asking questions. By meeting others on their level. By immersing ourselves in another culture.
In other words: We can build empathy by learning another language.