Embracing historical empathy
At the elementary, secondary, and postsecondary levels, history education has the potential to address this empathy deficit. I propose that we, as history educators in Canada, turn our attention towards learning opportunities that create the conditions for historical empathy—the process of understanding the thoughts, feelings, decisions, and actions of people within their specific historical contexts. In doing so, we can emphasize the affective element of history education that is often overlooked, yet central to our ability to understand others in both the past and present.
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