Needed is a framework for understanding the social and emotional development of youth, one that goes beyond narrow skills and instrumental goals.
The complaint that SEL lacks a clear definition masks a common feature to most social and emotional learning initiatives: a narrow framing of social-emotional phenomena in terms of skill.
What if we asked: how can education contribute to evdemonia — an ancient Greek concept that refers to living a life that is worthwhile, fulfilling, and elevating?
The educational system places great emphasis on verbal participation, which is often thought to be a sign of engagement. To foster engagement, activities like the “fishbowl” are promoted.
Taking additional time to craft an email may save you from having to answer multiple questions, counter misunderstandings, or mend hurt feelings.
In the “Unschooling Emotion” series, we explore the origins, assumptions, and outcomes of leading SEL programs, and offer an alternative way to think about student well-being.