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The Value of Social and Emotional Learning; Q&A with Tim Shriver []


By John Fensterwald, EdSource, October 28, 2019

Tim Shriver, a leading figure for three decades in social and emotional learning, is optimistic about the burgeoning interest in the field.

“This is the most opportune time I’ve seen for us as educators to make significant improvements in the quality of life for children and the quality of learning outcomes for all children,” he said in an interview with EdSource.

Shriver is the chairman of the Special Olympics, which his mother, Eunice Kennedy Shriver, started a half-century ago. He and California State Board of Education President Linda Darling-Hammond co-chaired the National Commission on Social, Emotional and Academic Development, which this year released its report From A Nation at Risk to a Nation at Hope.

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SE skills are what you do not develop when you experience emotional abuse and neglect starting in infancy from parents.   

However, teachers and doctors’ jobs would be a lot easier if kids did learn SE skills (and learned that you can trust people - if indeed people are trustworthy).   I wish besides the emphasis on  “ACEs” there would be a lot more emphasis on SE skills, how they are developed and maintained..... 

How can one take advantage of the “resilience” that comes from healthy relationships with others, when one can’t relate to others - because inside other people have never been safe? 

That’s a tough problem and a common one. 

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