Dec09

Emotional intelligence – Invest in the Future of our Children

Emotional intelligence – Invest in the Future of our Children

Emotional intelligence intervention programming may be the key investment that secures a positive future for our children. Below is a summary of the Six Seconds article on why we need emotional intelligence in our schools. (Full article is available on request or on www.6seconds.org)

“In an era when children frequently feel disconnected from friends and family, where rapid social change is the norm, when media and sports stars demonstrate poor behavior, educators recognize the human need for developing social and emotional skills.
At the same time, school budgets are being cut while pressure is being intensified to improve test scores. So the choice that Educators feel that they have to make is do they nurture children or help them achieve?
 
Fortunately, the compelling evidence shows that it is not an either/or choice; rather, the data says addressing children’s social and emotional needs is an effective way to improve academic achievement.
 
Research has illustrated how EQ can substantially decrease anti-social behavior and aggression, school suspensions, and discipline problems while increasing personal and social competency, school attendance, satisfaction, and academic achievement.
 
This overwhelming body of new findings has led to a powerful conclusion: “direct intervention in the psychological determinants of learning promise the most effective avenues of reform.”
Social and emotional development is central to children’s success in school. By incorporating EQ into existing educational programs, we can promote our children’s achievement in the present and secure their success for the future.
 
In summary, SEL (social emotional learning) Programs have been proven to
  • Improve Personal and social competencies
  • Decrease antisocial behaviour and aggression
  • Reduce serious discipline problems and school suspensions
  • Increase acceptance among peers
  • Improve school attendance
  • Achieve higher grade point averages
  • Achieve higher academic achievement scores
Because of its wide ranging impact, emotional intelligence prevention and intervention programming may be the key investment that secures a positive future for our children
For children, EQ helps increase academic success, bolster stronger friendships, and
reduce risk behaviors. For adults, EQ skills are critical for career growth, relationships,
and for health.”
 
With all this data, can we really afford to ignore the benefits of emotional intelligence training. If our child is struggling at a particular subject, what do we do? Naturally we enrol them in extra lessons. How much time and money do we invest in sports or musical training to improve their performance and achievement? Why then when EQ has been proven over the past 20 years to be such a major determinant of success, do we still not invest in this training?