Recent episodes of school violence have focused attention on “quick fix”
solutions, but the answer doesn’t lie in equipping schools with metal
detectors. We must help students develop the skills to manage their
emotions, resolve conflict nonviolently, and respect differences. Such
skills add up to what is known as emotional intelligence, and they are
even more important as educators realize that these skills are critical
to academic achievement.
Emotionally intelligent individuals stand out. Their ability to
empathize, persevere, control impulses, communicate clearly, make
thoughtful decisions, solve problems, and work with others earn them
friends and success. They tend to lead happier lives with more
satisfying relationships. At work, they are more productive, and they
spur productivity in others. At school, they perform better on
standardized tests and help create a safe, comfortable classroom
atmosphere that makes it easier to learn.
The staff and I have recently reviewed a New Emotional intelligence
video titled Emotional Intelligence-Social and Emotional Learning in the
Classroom produced by the George Lucas Educational Foundation
1-415-507-0399. Cost of the video is $12.
The video shows 3 different schools with programs in social and
emotional training. Patrick Daly School in Brooklyn, New York Resolving
Conflict creatively, Benjamin Franklin Middle School in Ridgewood New Jersey with a program
of school wide social emotional development, and a New Haven Conn. social
development program to address key social problems hindering academic performance.
– George Lucas Educational Foundation