Questioning Social-Emotional Learning (Andy Hargreaves and Dennis Shirley)

Interesting post that makes one think…

Larry Cuban on School Reform and Classroom Practice

This article appearedin Valerie Strauss’s column in the Washington Post December 17, 2021

For years now, we’ve watched a movement called social-emotional learning become popular in U.S. schools with the aim of meeting the needs of students beyond academics — a recognition that many aspects of a young person’s life outside school affect how they achieve in a classroom.

Social-emotional learning (SEL) programs are intended to help people learn and effectively use “knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.” That comes from the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, which you can learnmore about here.

Academics and others haveraised questionsabout the creation and implementation of SEL programs, and others have questioned whether the approach is enough to meet…

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