In Sunday’s New York Times, Jennifer Kahn, who teaches at the University of California-Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, asks “Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?” Her provocative piece examines different approaches to Social Emotion Learning (SEL) that are playing out at schools across the country and offers insights from academics, psychologists, administrators and teachers.
She writes, “Once a small corner of education theory, S.E.L. has gained traction in recent years, driven in part by concerns over school violence, bullying and teen suicide. But while prevention programs tend to focus on a single problem, the goal of social-emotional learning is grander: to instill a deep psychological intelligence that will help children regulate their emotions.”
We want to know what you think. Should schools be focusing on SEL? Has your school adopted an SEL curriculum? How is it working for you, in your classroom?