Summary: This commentary found in Education Week, attacks SEL and equates it to the “self0-esteem” movement, ignoring the research that supports the positive aspects of SEL. This commentary has set off a reaction by researchers who have written to Education Week in defense of the importance of social-emotional development for our students.
Source: Chester Finn, Ed Week Commentary, June 19, 2017
“Today, few people talk explicitly about self-esteem or other kooky curricular enthusiasms of the past, but the worldview and faux psychology that impelled them have never gone away. Of late, they’ve reappeared—and gained remarkable traction—under the banner of social-emotional learning, which claims to build the ways by which children learn and apply skills necessary to understand and manage their emotions, make decisions effectively, sustain positive relationships, and practice empathy.”
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