What are the Key Ingredients for a Child’s Success?

Five-year-old Sokha, a Cambodian orphan adopted by a white couple, came into our kindergarten. He immediately showed himself to be a happy, gregarious, curious boy.

But Sokha engaged with others in ways they were not used to.  Continue reading

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Another Problem with Most SEL

Another problem with SEL(“Social-Emotional-Learning”) programs is that they treat children as if they are social-emotional novices. Continue reading

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Why Many SEL Programs Fail

“Although ‘Social-Emotional-Learning may be intended to empower students, many elementary students in these programs learn to equate leadership with obedience. Continue reading

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Social-Emotional-Cognitive Learning

SEL (“Social-Emotional Learning”) has become popular, but we must go deeper. Education occurs only when social-emotional and cognitive learning occur at the same time. Academics must occur in the context of SEC learning.  Continue reading

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Making Your Self Whole

If you bring forth what is within you, what you bring forth will save you. If you do not bring forth what is within you, what you do not bring forth will destroy you. —The Gospel of Thomas

Kathryn, an academic, athletic and social success at her high school, went on to the University of Pennsylvania where she began to consider suicide. Continue reading

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