There’s Pushback to Social-Emotional Learning. Here’s What Happened in One State

Feb 14, 2020 by

When Idaho state education leaders pitched a social-emotional learning proposal to lawmakers this week, one member of the state’s House Education Committee compared the plan to the dystopian behavior control in the futuristic novel Brave New World.

Others said it’s parents’ job—not schools’— to help children develop self-control and relationship skills. Some were skeptical, noting that social-emotional learning is part of a national movement being embraced in schools across the country, which they considered problematic.

And, as Idaho Ed News first reported, some walked out of the hearing altogether.

Idaho Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra told Education Week Thursday that she was puzzled by the response, especially since the budget presentation focused largely on helping teachers work with students who’ve been exposed to trauma.

Source: Education Week

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