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Better Parents, Better Spouses, Better People by Daniel J. Siegel, Daniel Goleman

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Social Emotional Learning and the Penal System

 

Goleman: This brings me to a wrap-up question, something that I’ve been wanting to ask you. I’m a strong advocate of what’s called social-emotional learning in schools, where there are well-designed programs that teach children emotional self-awareness, how to handle their impulses and anger, self-management, and empathy; how to understand how someone else is reacting, thinking, and feeling in a situation. And social skills – how to cooperate, how to work things out. For example, how to keep your friends when they’re trying to get you to try drugs – how to say no and still keep your friends. Very valuable, social tools like that. They’ve had very positive impacts on kids. The data now is quite overwhelming, ...

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