Interest in teaching social-emotional skills in skills is on the rise. With that, and with ESSA, there is also a move toward testing these skills. California will actually begin testing students for character in 2016. There is a caveat presented here about testing for character and this article presents some of those concerns expressed by Angela Duckworth and others.Source:
Jenny Anderson, Quartz, April 13, 2016Description:
“Research shows that teaching kids things like perseverance and self-control can improve their health, academic achievement, and happiness in life. But teaching character, or social and emotional learning, has proven dicey. The science was sometimes squishy, the curriculum often felt driven by those trying to set a moral agenda, and schools had too much else to do, like close the academic gap between high- and low-income kids, and the skills gap between US kids and some of their global counterparts. That’s beginning to change….”Read the full article here!