by Joseph Parker
Have you heard of Edutopia?
Edutopia is The George Lucas Educational Foundation’s magazine. Although it focuses primarily on educational topics, it has for the most part, some really good stuff for us to think about in the area of academics.
The reason I bring it up now is they have just posted a survey question on their website that I think is a good one for us to ask:
Should students be graded on their social and emotional learning?
Personally, I believe this is an excellent question, one that we at KidTrek are continually working on; that is, we are continually working on how we can better develop kids’ social and emotional learning.
But should it be graded on?
The survey’s author, Sara Ring, says,
“Reading, writing, and . . . relating to others? Recently, educators have been paying a lot of attention to social and emotional learning, which includes skills such as problem solving and working well in teams. Teachers who have implemented SEL programs in their classrooms report increased productivity and fewer disruptions. The importance of SEL extends into the working world as well, where even highly intelligent employees may not succeed if they lack essential socials skills. Many agree that SEL can give students important communication tools, but it is less clear how to measure SEL achievement in academic terms. Should report cards simply notify parents of their children’s SEL strengths and weaknesses? Or should students actually be graded on their social and emotional learning?”
Visit the website by clicking here to take the actual survey (takes about two minutes), and then come back here and let us know what you think.
Should we turn children’s social and emotional learning into an academic grading system…what would be the pros and cons of tracking such a thing in children?