I was at the Jan. 9 school board meeting in which teachers were presenting the Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program. This is a program which focuses on kids’ moods and emotions and is started in the early elementary grades. My response to this is not based on my own family. I have no kids or grandkids in school. I only take an interest because I know what education should be.
School is supposed to address academics, not feelings. Young kids don’t know how to verbalize feelings. The teachers presenting this use pictures of happy faces, sad faces and angry faces to help kids identify their feelings. This program encourages kids to focus on their moods and is not a good way to teach them to relate to their world.