Many of you have seen, or will shortly see, this video on perception.
The inability of the human mind to incorporate data that deviates from pre-conceived perceptions is well documented, going back to Kuhn’s Theories of Scientific Revolution in 1962, and probably even before that.
But please, let’s put aside all our preconceptions as we look at the following data, from a compilation of research over the last 40 years.
- Social/emotional intelligence predicts high school and college completion.
- Students with strong social/emotional intelligence have greater achievement within K-12 schooling and college.
- Higher social/emotional skills predict a greater likelihood of being employed.
- Stronger social/emotional skills in childhood predict higher adult earnings and greater financial stability.
- Strong social/emotional skills decrease the likelihood of being a single or unplanned teenage parent.
- Stronger social/emotional skills associate with reduced mortality and lower rates of obesity, smoking, substance abuse, and mental health disorders.
- Fostering social/emotional skills has both immediate and long-term impact.
What does this say about incorporating social and emotional learning as a key component of education?