EMOTIONAL AND SOCIAL EDUCATION
Children gain during their school and college days a fund of technical knowledge and skills. But are the children at their candidly best, does the technical foundations would alone define the success of any individual. I see that many parents and educators perhaps never strongly shout a ‘yes’ for this knotty question.
The missing factor in our Indian education method is the integration of Social and emotional education in our mainstream curriculum.
What is social and emotional learning?
Social and emotional abilities are defined as the mental skills that help a person how well he can adjust in his competitive environment, family surroundings, adapts to the change, and ultimately the level of understanding of these abilities measure how successful he will be in his life.
Bringing the child close to learning these core social skills through emotional learning is important to children’s development. It’s essential that the parents, teachers, and schools must recognize and implement the instructions in daily learning. When these skills combined with academic development, it influences the performance and happiness of children directly.
It is these social skills when introduced from an early age in schools and at home, would combine to build an ability to understand themselves, and others and to develop healthy caring relationships.
The following are a few social skills children have to learn:
Self-awareness: Children have to know their strengths, and limitations, have to understand their confidence levels, stay optimistic.
Self-management: They should know how to handle hardships, face tough realities, control impulses, never let the stress overwhelm normal thinking.
Social awareness: This includes an ability to understand other’s point of view, consider other’s perspective as important, and a sense of empathy.
Relationship skills: To communicate clearly, listen well, getting along well with others, a helpful nature, controlled temperaments, willing to negotiate, and flexibility.
When these skills recognized and encouraged at schools, and at home the positive influence on children is enormous. It creates a healthy learning experience, healthy growth of attitudes, improved academic performances. Good relationships with family members, friends, and less disruptive behavior and reduced emotional problems.