Intelligence is good, but empathy is better.
So say 78% of teachers in a new survey released by Sesame Workshop when asked if they’d prefer their students be kind or academically successful.
Likewise, the survey found 73% of parents prefer kindness over academic success, while 26% preferred the reverse.
Sesame Workshop researchers chose kindness as the key theme of the new survey because they saw that narcissism appears to be on the rise while empathy is on the way out. The team wanted to see just how much importance teachers and parents assigned to this waning quality of compassion.
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