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Babies In The Classroom Help Anti-Bullying Efforts [Video]

PBS NewsHour
Children are learning empathy with the help of a baby.

Can babies teach kids about empathy and bullying? A program in Seattle aims to do just that. As part of public media's American Graduate initiative, PBS NewsHour spotlights children in one elementary school classroom who are learning how to treat others. The teacher: a seven-month old baby girl.

Some say there's also a connection between bullying and the dropout crisis. A recent study by the University of Virginia found that the dropout rate was 29 percent above average in schools that had more incidents of teasing and bullying.

Stella M. Chávez is KERA’s immigration/demographics reporter/blogger. Her journalism roots run deep: She spent a decade and a half in newspapers – including seven years at The Dallas Morning News, where she covered education and won the Livingston Award for National Reporting, which is given annually to the best journalists across the country under age 35.