The Role of Empathy in Students’ Progress

Shaik Sardar Basha

“Empathy depends not only on one’s ability to identify someone else’s emotions but also on one’s capacity to put oneself in the other person’s place and to experience an appropriate emotional response.”

-Charles G. Morris                                                                                                                                                              Empathy is a great gift that the Almighty bestowed over mankind. It is an indispensable quality for any living being.  Exhibiting empathy is not possible for everyone. It has its own credit.  It brings many changes in the attitudes of human beings. Exercising this power of empathy, adults can bring changes in children and direct them towards a progressive life.

Empathy is the ability to understand another’s perspective, the ability to physically feel what another person feels, and the ability to sense what other needs from you.  The students inculcating the values of empathy perceptibly appear very friendly with their classmates. These students excel not only in their studies but also in the events of sports. It is the responsibility of adults to inculcate such habits in young minds.

The students bearing the qualities of sympathy, empathy, and compassion will always stand as the protectors of society. They learn to respect others.  No doubt, today’s students are the citizens of tomorrow for the nation.  The empathy in youth definitely controls the anarchy and barbaric activities in society.

Empathy is understanding and sharing the feelings and emotions of others.  It plays a vital and responsible role in the society we live in today. From time to time in any organisation, if a climate of tolerance and empathy is created in their scheduled activities, undoubtedly a mark of loyalty will develop among students, and as a result, they respect their fellow students and their gurus as well and lead their future on the path of progress.

Now, the schools are in offline mode, and we find the students who attended the online classes and also the students who never attended the online classes. Here, Empathy plays a major role in such classrooms.  The students who lost their studies need to be streamlined by the empathy of teachers.  Most of the students appear with such teachers who are empathetic.  Many students attained success and reached the pinnacle of their careers due to the patience and empathy of their teachers.

India is the birthplace of many great personalities, like APJ Abdul Kalam, who rose to the level of the President of the Nation due to the strength boosted by his teachers, who were a treasure house of patience and empathy.  In this present scenario, those who are in the profession of teaching, young and experienced, if they adopt patience and empathy as their weapons of strength, definitely they can bring tremendous progress in the lives of students who ultimately lead the Nation in the path of development.

The presence of empathy in a classroom creates a conducive learning environment among students.  Besides this, the property of empathy in students builds friendly relationships with their fellow students and their teachers. Even compassion is an extraordinary power we possess. It is no exaggeration that this power succors students to reach their goals.

In order to reach higher heights, they must have the ability to understand the feelings of their fellow students and the society in which they live. This quality should be inculcated in students from their early stage of education. This means that students should be taught the qualities of pity, kindness, sympathy, and empathy from an early age by their parents and teachers.

Empathy is an interpersonal phenomenon that refers to sharing the positive and negative emotions of people and expressing care for them through actions.  An empathetic teacher having the ability to understand the needs of others and being aware of their feelings and thoughts can create a positive, vibrant learning environment in the classroom. Empathy undoubtedly leaves a significant impact on the tender minds of the students. It’s true that they enjoy and take pleasure in their studies in the presence of empathetic teachers.

In my opinion, an empathetic teacher is someone who has acquired the skill of recognizing the emotional needs of his students and is able to understand and empower them. Empathy paves a way to increase trust and a sense of value among students. On the other hand, a teacher with empathy can promote the academic achievements of students, a good relationship between teacher and student, motivation for learning, and overall, a congenial classroom atmosphere.

In fact, here, the empathetic teacher is not merely meant to encourage and engage students in learning but to help achieve social justice and economic justice across diverse backgrounds. Truly, an empathetic and compassionate teacher puts himself in the shoes of his students and eases their work. Students under the umbrella of empathy chase challenging situations in their academics and take care of their well-being.  I believe empathy is a golden umbrella that can bring all under its shelter equally to strive hard for greater rates of success.

“Empathy has the power to bring together people who would otherwise never meet. It has the power to teach us and to reach us in moments of isolation when we think nobody understands.”

Dr. Vivek Murthy, US Surgeon General

About the Author

Shaik Sardar Basha is a postgraduate English Teacher at Kendriya Vidyalaya NTPC, Ramagundam, Hyderabad region.