(Thanks to Anne Collier, Net Family News.  – Mike T.)

Think how digital spaces, homes, schools, workplaces and everywhere else we human beings congregate would change were every child to be kindly, respectfully taught the following skills:

  • Self-awareness: The ability to 1) recognize emotions and thoughts and how they affect behavior and 2) assess one’s strengths and limitations
  • Self-management: The ability to regulate emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in different situations.
  • Social awareness: The ability to 1) take or see from other people’s perspectives, 2) empathize with people of other backgrounds and cultures, 3) understand social and ethical behavioral norms, and 4) recognize family, school, and community resources and supports (and I’d add the ability to ask for help when needed).
  • Social skills: “The ability to establish and maintain healthy and rewarding relationships with diverse individuals and groups,” which includes these skills: communicating clearly, listening actively, cooperating, resisting inappropriate social pressure, negotiating conflict constructively, and seeking and offering help when needed.”
  • Responsible decision-making: The ability to make constructive and respectful choices about one’s behavior and social interactions, factoring in ethical standards, safety concerns, social norms, evaluation of potential consequences, and the well-being of self and others.

Those are the social literacy skills – described by CASEL, the Chicago-based Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning – and taught in at least 25,000 US schools. Can we get SEL into all schools? Think what it would do for “school climate” and staff as well as students.

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