Summary: This article reports on anew Princeton study examined the long-term effects of a 20-year-old program known as Fast Track, one of the earliest and largest programs designed to improve life outcomes for at-risk students by teaching psychosocial skills. The study found benefits gained from teaching SEL in a variety of categories.
Source: Amelia Harper, Education DIVE, September 5, 2017
John Holbein, author of the study, notes that increasing a child’s capacity for self-control and self-efficacy may help them overcome barriers to education such as registration, assessing candidates, and navigating the logistics of voting. The study also points out that increasing empathy in a child is more likely to help them recognize societal problems that affect others and thus make them more likely to vote as adults because altruism is “a known predictor of civic participation.”
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