We all know that one goal of parents is for their children to grow up to become productive members of society, get steady, good-paying jobs, and have healthy relationships. It has been proven that our brains develop the most during early childhood and has also been proven that people with good social and emotional skills are more successful in school, in their family and other relationships, and in their jobs. Many people believe that things such as social and emotional skills should be taught at home; however, one thing we learned during the recent pandemic, is that many parents, even those who are very loving and caring parents, simply are NOT teachers, but rather they have a different kind of relationship with their children.
At some point in our history, it was decided that it was important for academics to be taught in our schools.
Now is the time for us to include social and emotional learning as a core subject too – it’s that important!
Since SEL is as important as academics, it should be the role of the schools to teach SEL skills as a core subject just like academics are taught.
We know that parents want their children to do well in school, get good jobs and have happy relationships. Since most people don’t learn the skills needed to accomplish this at school or at home, we must ask these questions:
- Since parents want their children to get good jobs and learn these skills, and employers want their employees to have these skills -- why is SEL not taught in schools?
- Is it not in everyone’s best interest to teach SEL as a core subject?
Please go back to our home page and take a look at the chart for some samples of common problems that can be avoided if people had good social and emotional skills.
How to use santorofoundation.org
This website is a free resource of material to help improve your social and emotional intelligence. The material on this website ranges from individual “sayings” to a full curriculum program called Alive2Thrive. To help you become your best self, please review all this site has to offer. It is important you pass this site along to others so they can be the best they can be and by doing so we will build the best society.