MAJOR STUDY: DANGERS OF SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING –

Mar 13, 2019 by

3.12.19 — The Pioneer Institute

“Pioneer Institute Releases Major Study on Dangers of Social Emotional Learning”

The Pioneer Institute has just released a new study titled  Social-Emotional Learning: K-12 Education as New Age Nanny State.

The study is co-authored by Karen Effrem, M.D., Jane Robbins, J. D., with a foreword by Kevin Ryan, Ph.D.

The study reaches several important conclusions as described in these excerpts from the Pioneer press release:

Proponents of SEL call for focusing less on academic content and knowledge in schools, and more on student attributes, mindsets, values, and behaviors.  Not only are the goals of SEL ill-defined, but they also raise significant, unanswered questions about what attitudes should be promoted.

“It’s one thing to direct your own moral, ethical, and emotional development or that of your children,” said Jane Robbins, co-author of “Social-Emotional Learning: K-12 Education as New-Age Nanny State.”  “But having a government vendor or unqualified public school officials implement an SEL curriculum based on coffee-table psychology is quite another.”

Educational software developers purport to have created products that can determine a number of sensitive personality traits through students’ interaction with digital platforms.  Much of this monitoring occurs without the consent of children or their parents. Some software – especially for video gaming – goes beyond assessing traits, and aims to encourage the production of students who are well suited for a workforce development-centered education.

“This technology, when coupled with SEL, will further spread the recent wave of amateur, unqualified psychoanalysis in schools,” said Dr. Karen Effrem, M.D., who co-authored the study with Robbins. “Given the uncertainty around diagnosis and treatment of mental or emotional problems, even by highly trained physicians, the SEL movement runs the risk of further increasing the trend toward dangerous over-diagnosis and over-medication of American schoolchildren.”

Social-emotional learning is being interwoven into the Common Core State Standards and school efforts to implement competency-based education (CBE). CBE digitally documents the attainment of various skills with the goal of demonstrating that a student is ready to move on in his or her “personalized learning path.”  SEL and CBE are heavily weighted toward a conception of education as focused on workforce development rather than preparing active, informed citizens. 

TO WATCH THE 5:42 MINUTE YOU TUBE – INTRODUCTION TO THE SEL REPORT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RUstt5FAT8

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