Many teachers sense that students are more emotionally vulnerable today. Basically what’s happened over the past generation is that we’ve put enormous effort into improving the academic piece of schooling, but progress has been nil because the students’ emotional foundation has been collapsing under our feet. Social policy has to find a hundred ways to nurture loving relationships. Today we have to fortify the heart if we’re going to educate the mind.  Service is a wonderful way to build empathy and connection to others. To read the entire New York Times article click here.