New York Times: Can Emotional Intelligence Be Taught?

NYTcoverIn 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?

Comments

  1. There’s one extremely fundamental point about teaching SEL that is largely overlooked in Kahn’s article: before adults in a build can teach students how to exercise self-control and exhibit empathy, they must first model and utilize self-control and empathy themselves. Simply administering an SEL “program” will do little if the adults don’t get it themselves. More on my thoughts on this here: http://schoolecosystem.blogspot.com/2013/09/learning-and-teaching-self-control.html

  2. An excellent point, Mark! I’ve reached out to the Center for Social, Emotional and Academic Learning as I’d love to hear what resources they have to share with us about emotional intelligence training for adults. Stay tuned, and thanks for sharing your blog on the topic!

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