Posted August 12, 2018 06:01:10In her PhD dissertation, Umbridge argued that children should be taught the importance of empathy and how empathy has been “brought to bear on our world”.
“I am an early advocate for empathy in our society,” she wrote.
“In my opinion, empathy has become the single most powerful force of social change since the birth of Western civilisation.”
Umbridge was also the first academic to argue that children and adolescents are capable of developing empathy and compassion for others.
In a series of articles, Umbrid wrote that “a child with empathy is one who can help others feel a sense of fairness, fairness of treatment, and empathy”.
“When a child reaches adolescence, the brain develops the capacity to connect with others in a way that allows them to be able to understand and to feel compassion for each other,” she continued.
“And this capacity can help a child learn how to help others in their everyday lives.”
Umbrid was a pioneer in the field of early childhood education.
In the 1960s, she published a book, A Child’s Handbook of Child-Centered Education, which she wrote in response to concerns that early childhood teachers were not teaching children the principles of compassion and empathy.
The book, which has since been translated into 14 languages, was hailed as a landmark in early childhood development and the creation of a global movement to promote the value of compassion.
Professor Umbridge’s book, The Children’s Handbook: A Child-Led Developmental Approach, became the first textbook to be used as the textbook for the International Early Childhood Development Conference in New York in 1972.
“When I first read that book I thought it was a great book, and it gave me the insight that we need to be thinking about this issue,” Umbridge said.
“I think I gave it to my wife and my children, and she said, ‘I think you’ve done something right’.”
Professor Umbrid said she was not interested in becoming an educator.
“It’s not a good career for a scientist to be doing,” she said.
“It’s a really good career, but it’s not an ideal career for an educator to be teaching children, to be working with them, to have them experience empathy.”
“I don’t think I have an ideal life to live.”