Education bureaucrats try to replace parents

Feb 25, 2019 by

Robert Holland –

After deliberating for two years, a national commission is pushing to implement social-emotional learning (SEL) in all government schools. The commission, led by The Aspen Institute, is farming the movement as a benign matter of developing “the whole child.”

SEL is a red-hot item on the panacea shelf in the fad-prone realm of mass education right now, as is computerized personalized learning. Hence, a plug from Aspen’s globalist thinkers could be an added boost.

The first recommendation of Aspen’s National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Achievement is that policymakers “set a clear vision that broadens the definition of student success to prioritize the whole child.”

The whole child phenomenon is not at all original. It stems from the theories of progressive-education ideologue John Dewey. Dewey believed that educators should nurture students’ hearts as well as heads and let them learn largely by doing. For many decades, this so-called child-centered approach has been in conflict with the ideal of teachers directly transmitting essential knowledge to their students.

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