Preventing bullying through ... fiction? It works!
from eSchool News
When you read, you become another person, if only for a short while. You see how that person lives and how they think. You experience their hopes and fears, and you see how they've come to be who they are. If you read five different books, you have a window into the lives of five different people. That's what empathy is: to feel for that other person, and it opens you up to different experiences you may never have otherwise been able to share. There have been numerous studies showing that people who read fiction have increased empathy. This is why fiction is one of the most powerful tools we have to combat bullying and intolerance. When you see the world through another person's eyes, you realize how similar you are to them, even if that person might seem very different from you.
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