There is now a strong consensus that young people need more than reading and writing skills if they are to be successful in school, work, and life. According to the California Department of Education’s Expanded Learning Division, “there is a growing body of research proving that social and emotional learning (SEL) is fundamental to academic success, and must be woven into the work of every teacher in every classroom and every after school and summer enrichment program, if we truly want to prepare all our students for college and careers.” (When we refer to “SEL”, we are also referring to social emotional skills).
By Stu Semigran
The hearts of our children often ache from the hurts and hardships that they keep so hidden and secretive. We quietly hope that they can nonetheless move through life with a resilient spirit that can overcome the troubles they face. Though we may pray that they somehow miraculously gather the necessary abilities to maneuver through life’s challenges, we are quietly sensing that more has to be done to provide them with ample tools to draw upon.
Published in the Los Angeles Times
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Re “He ran toward the gunshots,” Feb. 16
The tragedy in Parkland, Fla., has me reflecting on many things. One for sure is remembering how tremendously valuable teachers are in improving the lives of so many young people. (“Victim and hero: Florida football coach ushered his students to safety before the gunman came for him,” Feb. 15.)
Have you ever thought that the challenges that educators face today are different from any in modern time? With political and social unrest creating a stressful environment, how can we best uplift ourselves and assist our young people deal with life and learning?