Infographic: Are We Raising Caring Kids?

Are We Raising Caring Kids?

See what students said about the importance of caring, happiness and achievement in our new infographic (350KB pdf).

According to our recent national survey of more than 10,000 students nationwide, a large majority of youth appear to value achievement and happiness over concern for others. At the root of this problem may be the messages that parents are unintentionally sending. When we asked students to rank what's more important to their parents: achievement, happiness, or caring for others, more than half chose achievement. 

When children do not prioritize caring and fairness in relation to their self-concerns—and when they view their peers as even less likely to prioritize these values— there is a lower bar for many forms of harmful behavior, including cruelty, disrespect, dishonesty, and cheating.

It is time for all of us to step up to the plate and work collectively to raise caring and respectful students. Together, we can make caring common.

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