The Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) announced this month that Tennessee and seven other states will collaborate to create and implement a plan to encourage social-emotional learning (SEL) in schools.
SEL, in concept, is supposed to teach children relational skills, decisionmaking, self-management, and social awareness, which have nothing to do with fundamental academic basics and everything to do with character issues that should be taught by parents at home.
During the Tennessee General Assembly’s Joint Education Committee hearing on August 17, 2016, state legislators expressed to the Department of Education their concern with SEL. State officials initially backed off; however, it appears it is back on the Haslam administration’s agenda.
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