It’s been said over and over again, by business leaders, students, hiring managers – tons of different types of people – that IQ, grades, and even a college degree aren’t what they used to be. Not to say that they are any less important, but rather, that as a society, we are recognizing the stronger importance of other characteristics. Characteristics like common sense, passion, drive, and the ability to interact well with people. Many studies have touted how real world experience trumps education and how employers are looking more closely for those “skills that can’t be taught”.
So as we’re figuring out how best to reconfigure our school systems, we might as well start to think about exactly what we’re going to be teaching. There are tons of lessons that aren’t typically part of the school curriculum that maybe should be.
Implementing these kinds of programs beginning in early childhood, gives kids the tools they need to grasp all of the changes associated with their aging selves – learning to socialize and interact with other people, having more responsibility (like homework and grades); even how they will learn and how they will react to learning for the rest of their lives.
Let’s face it; even adults sometimes need help with these things. And maybe you’re thinking that that is what “home” and “parents” are for, but you can’t always guarantee that parents are doing everything they’re supposed to be doing. The parents who are going to teach their kids how to emotionally deal with their feelings, how to recognize their feelings, how words can hurt people’s feelings – are already going to do that. It’s the kids who aren’t getting these things from their parents that are the reason we should be teaching them. And shouldn’t school act as a catch-all for kids – helping them learn not only academic lessons, but life lessons too?
We decided to ask our Gigats.com users if they thought our schools should start teaching life skills and implementing social/emotional learning. 84% or 4755 users said yes, schools have the opportunity to give kids all sorts of tools to help them do better in life and 876 said no, schools should stick to teaching the required subjects.
In Daniel Goleman’s LinkedIn post: Teach Emotional Intelligence in Schools, he says that emotional intelligence or social learning programs take little time away from standard academic topics, yet children learn better, because of them. And there is proof to back him up. About 200 separate studies showed the same results time and again: positive behavior increased 10 percent, negative went down 10 percent, and academic achievement scores jumped up 11 percent with students who participated in emotional intelligence-based programs versus those who did not.
So not only do programs like these help kids with the lessons not taught in school, it actually helps them to learn better – and to retain the information they learn. Aren’t we only helping to build a better future by helping these kids (our future leaders) learn in a better way and with all of the tools to do so?
What do you think? We’d love your feedback!