Last week, the Aspen Institute released the handiwork of its big national Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Development (SEAD). There was a big-time launch, accompanied by lots of nodding luminaries and oodles of goodwill. And I’m good with that. The push for social and emotional learning (SEL) is pretty damn easy to like.
At the same time, I find myself wondering, “How the hell did we get to a point where it’s a big deal to observe that children learn better when they feel valued, respected, supported, and safe?” But that’s where we are.