“Social Emotional Learning” Advocates Are Still Ignoring Its Many Problems

As Ronald Reagan used to say: “There they go again!” The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) — which receives our hard-earned taxpayer dollars to insinuate social emotional learning (SEL) standards and curriculum into every classroom in America from preschool on up — has found another voice to breathlessly tell us benighted parents and citizens that our children and their education will not survive unless and until SEL is everywhere. Giancarlo Brotto is the author of “The Future of Education Depends on Social Emotional Learning: Here’s Why,” the most recent piece of SEL cheerleading in EdSurge. In the

Expanding Unproven “Social Emotional Learning” Will Not Make Schools Safer

The National Commission on Social, Emotional, and Academic Learning, a joint effort of the Aspen Institute and the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), has recently released more “calls to action” for teachers, youth, and families. These include calling for expanding SEL interventions and involvement in the school safety realm in the wake of the Parkland shooting. Examples of some of their desires related to school safety include: Create space where students feel physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally safe. [Families] We need to feel like we belong and are emotionally and physically safe in our schools so that

How “Social Emotional Learning” Is Turning Children Into Leftist Activists

Social Emotional Learning (SEL) proponents’ are loudly and robotically chanting the mantra that SEL is the next great education silver bullet “because of strong and consistent scientific evidence that it helps children and provides an underpinning for productive citizenship.” Yet, the true motives of this push, combined with the research evidence inconsistencies (as admitted by SEL experts themselves), are starting to become obvious. Education Week recently published an article titled “Harnessing Student Emotions in Service of a Cause” that completely confirmed my and others’ concerns that SEL would be used for psychological and political manipulation: Like many other teachers of language arts, social studies, and math, Hollins is

ATTENTION Parents: “Social Emotional Learning” Creeping Into Education Plans

Last month, I reported on invasive social emotional learning (SEL) surveys which are being added to Common Core-aligned tests in many states. While that news alone is alarming, it is unfortunately only the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the rapid expansion of SEL across the country. In a recently published brief, the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) boasted about how many states are now adding SEL into state accountability plans mandated under the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). With schools having a hard enough time teaching academics due to the inferior Common Core standards

National Organizations Seek to Impose SEL Standards Across the Nation

This article was originally posted at Conservative Review and co-authored by Jane Robbins, a senior fellow at the American Principles Project. The battle over who will direct the hearts and minds of children is intensifying. Within the dangerous labyrinth of Common Core standards, testing, and data-mining is the even more concerning ramp-up of social emotional learning (SEL). Parents and teachers who believe in genuine education rather than pseudo-psychological evaluation are facing off against bipartisan big government and its affiliated corporations and foundations. An update: This summer the Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL) announced it had chosen eight states to

The Latest Big Education Fad, Social-Emotional Learning, Is As Bad As It Sounds

The U.S. Department of Education (USED) longs to plumb the psyches of our children (as its own reports reveal – see here and here), and it enjoys the eager complicity of state education establishments. As reported by Education Week, the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) recently announced that eight states will “work collaboratively to create and implement plans to encourage social-emotional learning in their schools.” These states are jumping on a bandwagon that threatens to roll over innocent children and their privacy. CASEL is the big gorilla in the zoo of social-emotional learning, or SEL. Having proved