Idania Florez hails from a Spanish-speaking country and is a new citizen who speaks English as a second language. As she enters her classroom in a new school, Idania is welcomed by Brooke Gallagher, a friendly girl who helps her organize her desk and cubby. But as Idania settles in, she soon discovers that there are those who do not like her, just because of her nationality.
Even though her teacher, Mr. Jay, has already discussed the importance of being kind to others with her classmates, Idania is bullied by a few students who seem determined to make her life miserable. When the bullying is revealed, Mr. Jay outlines an assignment that he hopes will help his students and their families understand how empathy connects people around the world in a positive way. As the students learn how to embrace differences and care for others, Mr. Jay provides a platform that encourages them to share the hardships and kindness they each have experienced along the way.
The Empathy Lesson is the inspirational story of a devoted educator’s mission to teach his students how love can conquer evil through helpful actions and a kind heart.