Recently a colleague shared a Time magazine article with me. It was interesting to reflect on how the common core of a college education has changed over time, including required reading of the Great Books and learning specific facts of math, history, geography, etc. The decisions a school or college makes about what to include in their general education curriculum reflects the outcome of the students’ knowledge base. How do schools and colleges produce a generation of graduates who will create wealth and jobs? Learning how to discuss, think critically and be creative will help graduates do well and do some good as well.
Teaching emotional intelligence has been a hot topic on many education news feeds. Emotional intelligence (EI) is extremely important for adults in the their workplace and for children in schools. EI is often more important in determining success than personality traits are. A person who is social, energetic and outgoing is not always the one to use sound judgment on a regular basis.
Emotional intelligence is not related to an I.Q. or ERB test score. Rather, it is the ability to read between the lines, size up a situation and to use intuition. How are children getting the key emotional and social skills and competencies they need for life – being able to handle anxiety and anger, to empathize, to work things out? School is often the place to help with learning these life skills. Twin Parks Montessori Schools offer many opportunities for EI skills to develop and flourish.
Watch this short video on Raising Emotionally Intelligent Children