How can emotional intelligence be integrated in the school curriculum?
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is making rather large inroads into the curriculum–at least in terms of credibility.
Alternatively, packaging social and emotional learning as a way to better meet economic, educational, or legal goals can be a way to open up a more fruitful conversation with gatekeepers. For instance, how can social and emotional learning best meets the objectives of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) or the local boards objectives. There is also a case to be made around health, decision making skills, conflict resolution, motivation, self-knowledge, classroom discipline, character, compassion, and communication as fundamental to the education process. To me, social and emotional learning is as fundamental as reading, writing, and arithmetic. If you make straight A’s but don’t have compassion or don’t know how to relate to people emotionally or don’t understand yourself emotionally you will likely be left behind (or may run over others on your journey). Moreover, these aren’t the type of healthy citizens we need in our democracy over the longer term.
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