Educate the Heart
|Public Domain photo by George Hodan|
A goal of education could be to create not just good minds but good people. This requires a fundamental rethinking of how teachers prepare children for the challenges of adulthood. It can start with “social and emotional” learning: helping students learn how to recognize and master their turbulent feelings and to acknowledge kindness as an essential ingredient of everyday life. This fresh approach to education rests on the precepts below.
- Education should be rooted in both knowledge and ethics.
- Social and emotional learning should be based on sound science.
- Techniques for emotional self-mastery are as fundamental as math.
- An ethics-based education is one key to solving our global problems.
For parents and teachers, visit Social & Emotional Development website for tips on how to apply the above precepts toward students Pre-K through 12th grade.