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Should emotional intelligence be taught in schools?

Should emotional intelligence be taught in schools?

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Considering that EQ is in many respects a much more important determinant of personal and professional success than IQ, shouldn't we teach children how to nurture it?

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Betty Ray's picture
Betty Ray
Senior Editor at Large

Most definitely. Especially since the research is starting to show that SEL makes a real difference. I've found particularly compelling research via the Greater Good Science Center, and

Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Edcamper, Former @Edutopia, Founder of Social Media Marketing Consultancy aimed at helping educational orgs.

It's not's how. After seeing schools implement social and emotional learning strategies in their schools, it's apparent that the question is not should we teach it but how should we teach it.

It's interesting that the national movement is pushing for more academic time and less arts/music/social-emotional time with the assumption that more academic time will equal higher achievement. Schools that emphasize social and emotional learning find that they're more productive within their academic time, whereas schools that just double the academic time are finding their students not as productive.

Here's a link to all of the benefits of SEL:

Ruchita Parat's picture
Ruchita Parat
US Hindi Foundation organizes interactive and exciting summer camps for kid

I think it's important to teach children about emotional intelligence. It's a way to understand people's unique personalities. By improving children's EQ , they will understand what other people bring to the table and they will able to act and react appropriately.

Danielle Smith's picture

I think that emotional intelligence is a crucial piece in the larger framework of character education. This includes teaching children how to collaborate and communicate with others as well along with skills of perseverance and self-control that are necessary to succeed in society.

The book by Paul Tough called "How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character" illuminates this topic well. The premise is that while success is typically tied to intelligence and high-stakes tests scores, the individuals with strongest character skills are the ones that are most successful in life. So why aren't we teaching these more skills in schools?

Kim Edwards's picture
Kim Edwards
Fifth Grade teacher from Conyers, Georgia

I think that emotional educatoin should be a part of the curriuclum. I know many students who are not taught this material at home and would benefit from this. Many of my sutdnets come to me in fifht grade and hate working togehter and some don't even know what is means to collaborate (of course the words are put in their terms) with one another. I am teaching them to reflect on their day with they have learned and how they feel their day went. I feel that this is also an important quality for childen to have.

I am Bullyproof -Lessia Bonn's picture

I am guessing anyone who chose to be in this group will have pretty much the same opinion. Hello. YES. Absolutely. For all the reasons listed above by other teachers. Concure. I'm guessing the trick is to convince more of the teachers not in this group :-) Personally working on it!

Nina Smith's picture
Nina Smith
Mentor, Teacher Trainer

Just like we shouldn't teach cooperation or metacognitive skills either. But please note that the emphasis is on the word "teach".
EQ, SEL and metacognition must be learned as part of all classes/courses/topics, because they are an essential, yet transparent part of pedagogy (and andragogy), i.e. the way HOW we teach and also how our students actually learn (whether we are aware about it or not). Providing meaningful learning experiences in (emotionally) safe learning environment is also the most effective way to improve the test scores. So choosing the way we facilitate our students' learning is a true win-win situation!

Twila Simmons-Walker's picture

We know that EQ is just as important as IQ, and we know that more and more, students are entering Kindergarten with limited social and emotional skills that enable them to have appropriate exerpiences during those early and formidable years.

We believe that equal emphasis should be placed on social skils, appropriate behaviour, and academic acquision.
Especially with 1 in 88 children receiving a diagnosis of ASD.

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