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Teaching emotional literacy in schools doesn't work

Carol Craig, The Centre's Chief Executive, wrote a 100 page paper in September 2007 on the potential dangers of teaching social and emotional skills (SEAL) to young people in schools.

SEAL is taught in primary schools across England and has recently been incorporated into the Secondary school system.  The program hit the headlines this week when researchers, responsible for the study, claimed that it had showed no effect on young peoples? behaviour or on their educational outcomes.

People are concerned that approaches such as SEAL encourage schools to pay too much attention to young peoples feelings; they worry that this could undermine resilience and learning in young people and parental responsibility.

To read the news on this click here or here.  To read Carol?s critique click here.

 
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