Compassion is closely linked to the value of love or care. A deep caring for others, which asks for nothing in return, is a core motivation for many educators and a basis for a sense of vocation. It involves nurturing others to be and become themselves in recognition of the way people flourish when they are valued. This fosters a sense of identity and belonging and promotes participation. A willingness to care for others, and be cared for in return, underlies the creation of communities connected by fellow feeling as well as common activities.
But as a value for educators, ‘love’ or ‘care’ is a feature of an asymmetric relationship. It may be a professional duty that educators should care equally for all children and young people within their settings, without regard to any warmth, gratitude or progress that they display.