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How SEL Can Save Students' Lives

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Aug 14, 2017

A recent article from Michael Jascz, executive director of The Relationship Foundation, points out the potential for social and emotional learning (SEL) to have a drastic impact on the experiences and life trajectories of young people. Jascz points to a study out of the University of British Columbia. Researchers found that not only was SEL was connected to positive outcomes in the classroom—it also had identifiable long-term benefits.

“Through Social and Emotional Learning programs, students learn how to understand and articulate their needs and feelings without blame and judgment. They develop this vocabulary of expression utilizing strategies that develop their ability to listen empathically, form healthy relationships, and increase self-esteem. SEL programs have been shown to reduce bullying and other forms of social cruelty by increasing self-awareness, empathy, and understanding among students,” Jascz says.

Ultimately, the article stresses that our education system privileges the technical skills necessary for a career at the expense of the emotional skills that are necessary for maintaining healthy relationships. The latter can change the way that we interact with the world and help young people navigate the divisiveness and aggression that is too often a part of their lives.

Read the full article here.

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