Professor Mark Greenberg at Penn State University identify three reasons to integrate social and emotional learning (SEL) in schools in an article in the special issue of the journal The Future of Children:
“First, schools are ideal sites for interventions with children.
Second, school-based SEL programs can improve students’ competence, enhance their academic achievement, and make them less likely to experience future behavioral and emotional problems.
Third, evidence-based SEL interventions in all schools could substantially affect public health.”
An education program for social and emotional learning should from this background focus on five skills; self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision-making. In other words, skills the build the foundation to begin a successful lifelong learning journey and healthy social- and working life in general. Source: Penn State News