Currently in the program, which is in about its 10 week, the students have focused on getting to know the baby. In future weeks ROE will move on to more general discussions about human behaviour, liking it to a psychology course.
“We don’t tell the kids, but that is what empathy is,” Hiemstra said. “It’s all about how we read other people’s feelings and react with understanding and compassion.”
Barrhead Elementary School (BES) associate principal Julie Smith is also a big supporter of the program, adding in some form or another it has been at the school for over a decade.
“I know some of the children who were the Roots of Empathy babies, are actually going through the program as students,” she said.