Social and emotional learning | IN 60 SECONDS

Social and emotional learning | IN 60 SECONDS

September 16, 2019 8 By Ronny Jaskolski


America’s schools have been caught up in
a testing mania for, well, most of the 21st century. It’s long past time that we
focused on a healthier vision of good schooling – not just reading and math, but also character, responsibility, good citizenship. The push for social and
emotional learning – or SEL – can help with all of this. That’s why I was pleased to
see the influential Aspen Institute recently released a consensus report
from its national panel on SEL. I was less pleased to see that the consensus
was mostly banalities, and downright disappointed to see it filled with the
ideological gobbledygook of education school progressivism. Talk of character
and personal responsibility was conspicuous in its absence. We all want
schools to be more focused on character and all the needs of our kids, but real
consensus will require honoring traditional values, not just progressive
enthusiasms. If SEL winds up hijacked by well-meaning ideologues, a promising
cause will morph into a divisive educational culture war. What do you
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