To the Editor:
The personal relationships we develop and build throughout life establish a foundation for social growth. As parents or partners, we often teach our youth the golden rule of “doing unto others as you would have them done unto you.”
Unfortunately, many of us grew up in the world of American entitlement and were brainwashed by TV shows involving unrealistic social relationships. The idea of instilling value and empathy in today’s world has been somewhat lost.
A program, such as the volunteer and nonvolunteer partner abuse programs at Turning Point of McHenry County, should be made a mandatory part of the high school curriculum for students in Illinois. A program revealing the characteristics of abuse will allow future generations a better opportunity to be aware of their social relationships and more aware of themselves. Developing empathy for a partner, a friend, a family member or a stranger is essential to understanding the fundamentals of abuse.
Personal relationships require empathy, understanding and awareness – which often go neglected and ignored. A program shedding light on the issues surrounding partner abuse will provide an opportunity for greater social growth and awareness.
We should not ignore empathy, but strive to embrace it. Developing awareness and understanding is just a start. I strongly advocate for schools across the state to embrace the same by initiating programs that teach our youth the values of relationships and how to avoid abusing others – however unintended the abuse might be.