Manuel Galvan

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Why aren't there more videos about how to better emotional development in the education system?

I've seen plenty of ted videos about education system squashing creativity or not teaching in the right fashion. But no one seems to be talking about how a student isn't exposed to the study of human thinking until they are juniors or seniors in high school! It's such a critical time period, don't you think education about biases, learning strategies, coping mechanisms, or developmental stages would greatly decrease a lot of problems our young people are encountering nowadays?
I know a Texas school psychologist who has handle a load of 3 schools with hundreds of students each, doing all the administrative duties as well as trying hopelessly to help those who need intervention. What an insurmountable task. Especially when dealing with kids who have no framework, not even the slightest inkling about how other perceive them or how the mind works.

Do you think schools should have mandatory psychology courses?
Starting at what grade?
Do you think we should have less punishment and more empathetic communal responses to undesirable behavior?
Do you think group meeting and discussion of psychological issues happen on a regular basis?
Do you think teachers could handle these new responsibilities or do we need to start looking at a new kind of school psychologist who plays a more integral role in psychological education?

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    Apr 13 2012: In the UK, as part of teacher training, teachers are required to learn about the impact of emotional intelligence. I used this book on my training; "Emotional Intelligence: Why it Can Matter More Than IQ" by Daniel Goleman.

    We also have a curriculum area called SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) where we teach children to accept and deal with their emotions. (Free resources here Lessons should be once a week but are often pushed out of a very demanding timetable.

    With regards to your comments on thinking, we also have a programme available called Philosophy for Children to encourage a range of thinking skills. ( I also use activities from this Ed De Bono book with children from 5 to 11 to encourage creative thinking. (How to Have Creative Ideas: 62 exercises to develop the mind by Edward De Bono)

    Using the word punishment in an education article is quite worrying! Think of this analogy. You can put a lot of effort into whipping a donkey and it might move along. Once you stop the donkey will also stop. But if you dangle a carrot the donkey will walk on of it's own free will. It might even continue in the hope of finding more carrots if you remove the carrot because now it knows there are carrots out there. We have to take the same approach to managing behaviour in the classroom. Praising children for all the good things they do will encourage them to do those things more often. They will also be receiving attention for something positive, this will help to build self esteem. Of course we must have boundaries and consequences for inappropriate behaviour, these are essential, but they are only a small part of managing behaviour.

    To address your last question; teachers can handle it! Give us the training and the time and we can educate our children in the emotional and cognitive elements of their learning.
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      Apr 14 2012: Very interesting! I suppose you can count on the UK (Europe in general) to lead the education system in a novel direction.
      EQ seems inherently more important that IQ. Not to mention that EQ seems like a more testable value. It's simple to test things like empathy and communication skills. Intelligence is a much more illusive trait to pin down.
      I am totally against punishment, but if you'd been to my Texas middle and high schools you would see how punishment is the rule and empathy is the exception. It's truly sad. I agree teachers have a very vital role to play in teaching and cultivating these skills. Though I would love to see more psychologists trained to act in place of punishment. Interventions like this do take place, but they are hindered by bureaucracy and lack of staff. Instead, untrained detention and in school suspension staff are plentiful in America.

      The curricula looks GREAT!! I'm excited at the thought of such things being introduced to the school system here in America. I'm still looking for reasons as to why we are so slow to adopt this change...
      I suspect it may have something to do with religious values. That somehow emotions, morals, relationships and values are going to be misrepresented by a secular school system.
      I've also noticed that schools are attempting to mimic business environments; where such topics are not of concern maybe?
      Whatever the reason for this tragedy, it is time to act! Too many brilliant minds are being indoctrinated in a culture of isolation, bullying, and unhappiness.
      Thank you for your insight Alex!
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        Apr 15 2012: [I've also noticed that schools are attempting to mimic business environments; where such topics are not of concern maybe?]

        If you could or if there is is there any media/articles on this out there?Rather than educating the kids it looks like from what you describe a performance scaling indoctrination.This is not good if this is so,i have religious beliefs and modern education does not conflict with them from my stand point unless that system has an agenda then it is a private school.

        Might i add a suggestion that you might have to go on the campaign to rally for psychologists to donate sometime to their local schools for what you see as a lacking of emotional education.
  • Apr 21 2012: Mary Gordon gives a wonderful, insightful TEd talk on emotional literacy - based on her program Roots of Empathy.
    I've juts finished reading her book and it's incredibly informative.