School Psych Corner: Teaching Social-Emotional Learning is Not Easy, But It’s Worth the Work
[Source: Education Week]
SEL has an $11 return on every $1 investment. So what are we waiting for?
Not long ago the two of us gave a talk to a group of mental-health professionals about the teaching of emotional intelligence. Afterwards, a leading child psychiatrist approached us to applaud our appeal for greater social-emotional learning (SEL) in schools. The psychiatrist added: “We’re going to need another 8,000 child psychiatrists in the United States to deal with all of the mental-health problems our children are having.”
“You misunderstood us,” Marc responded. “We want to put you all out of business.”
The ultimate goal of the SEL field is to weave the teaching of social-emotional intelligence throughout children’s education so lives are enhanced and crises are rare. But, as the eminent psychiatrist was pointing out, we have a long way to go.
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