Social Emotional Learning

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Yesterday Mayor de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced a new program called “Social Emotional Learning,” which will focus on making kids feel emotionally secure enough to discuss their feelings about things that are troubling them. The schools will also expand “Restorative Justice” practices in an effort to end the “schools-to-prison pipeline.” Given that Carranza views “objectivity” and a “sense of urgency” to be tools of white supremacy, the new program deserves strict scrutiny from parents.

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. RJ: Restorative Justice initiatives have been demonstrated to have a negative effect on educational performance. Read more.

  2. Thrive: The new program is presented as an outgrowth of Thrive NYC, a mental-health program that has not produced any tangible results. Read more.

  3. Performance: The mayor and chancellor have failed to explain how any of their new initiatives will boost school performance. Read more.

“Practical questions about improving teaching and learning appear to be taking a backseat to an increasingly pervasive dogma of racial resentment.”

Max Eden, Manhattan Institute senior fellow

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The Past is Present

Who Killed School Discipline? By Kay S. Hymowitz (Spring 2000)

“Ask Americans what worries them most about the public schools, and the answer might surprise you: discipline.”

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