Compassion begins at an early age #WATWB

We Are the World Blogfest

On December 1st, here is November’s We Are the World’s Blogfest post. 


Hatred must be learned–it’s not genetic. What about compassion?

Two children holding hands, walking up to the school door
Black and White, one consoles the other in Wichita

CNN offered this from affiliate KAKE on two young boys who became friends:

The first day of school can be nerve-wracking. Especially when not everyone has such supportive classmates.

Two elementary school boys in Wichita, Kansas, set an example from which we can all learn: a lesson in kindness.
Courtney Moore dropped off her 8-year-old son, Christian, for the first day of school and watched as he sat down on the ground with another boy who was crying in a corner, she told CNN affiliate KAKE.
“He was consoling him,” she told KAKE. “He grabs his hand and walks him to the front door. He waited until the bell rang and he walked him inside of the school.”
Christian’s gesture, though, was exceptionally kind. The other 8-year-old boy, Conner, has autism.
And while he was so excited for his first day of school, he just got overwhelmed with all the commotion, his mom, April Crites, told CNN.
Conner decided he wanted to take the bus for his first day, but it arrived a little early. The doors to the school weren’t open quite yet, so everyone was waiting outside. It was noisy and there was a lot of chatter.
“He gets overwhelmed pretty easily,” Crites said. “And he’s very emotional. Tears come when he’s sad, tears come when he’s happy.”

Co-hosts for November’s WATWB are:
Damyanti Biswas Lizbeth Hartz Shilpa Garg

Peter Nena Simon Falk

11 thoughts on “Compassion begins at an early age #WATWB

  1. I look forward to the day when we don’t have to be surprised at such kindness – when it becomes the norm for people to find their compassion. 🙂

  2. Hi John … what a lovely story – children just get on with things don’t they; I hope they remain friends for a long time … excellent #WATWB … cheers Hilary

  3. As a former teacher for thirty-one years, I’ve always said that adults can learn a few things from kids if they just pay attention. One of the qualities I like best about children is their compassion. When a new student came to our room, the other children always greeted the newbie with open arms. I used to ask some of my students to act as playground pals, lunchroom friends, etc. This was my way of trying to have a new student fit in and become part of the class. There was no shortage of students who wanted to be friends. I’ve thought of this often when someone moves into the neighborhood. We, adults, tend to be not quite as trusting and welcoming.

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