I know that as a middle-aged person, I should start complaining about kids these days and all that is wrong with them, and, who knows, I might get there soon. As of today, however, I'm kind of impressed.
I visited my son's kindergarten class this morning to read stories and give them treats, and as I was sitting around, I saw several kids show some real emotional IQ. In one situation, a girl was upset about something, and another girl came over and said, "I know how you feel, that happened to me once" and gave a very emphathetic look.
In another situation, when I was reading stories, I would substitute the kids' names in for the characters, as a way of involving them. This worked great for 16 of the kids, but 1 got upset. Me being me, I didn't even notice, but my son Floyd leaned over and said "Daddy, you probably shouldn't play this game with her. It makes her sad." Wow!
On previous occasions, I have been cynical about what I've seen as schools teaching touchy-feely stuff, instead of academics, by, hey, it seems to be working.