Ten Facts Everyone Should Know
1. Higher EQ (emotional and social “quotient” or intelligence) is a better predictor of quality lives, quality behavior and quality societies than higher IQ (intelligence quotient) – and EQ can be learned. No student who experienced EQ training ever shot up their school.
2. EQ and social skills training – best known to educators as social-emotional learning – is the process via which children (and adults) acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, to be mindful, to set and achieve positive goals, to feel and show empathy for others, to establish and maintain positive relationships and communications, to resolve conflicts, to be resilient, and to make responsible decisions, among other inner and outer mastery skills.
3. Students who experience EQ-raising social-emotional learning and get to practice it in immersive school settings tend to thrive, be happy, outperform those who don’t experience it, achieve life success, and get a chance to be their best selves.
4. Schools that prioritize implementing these programs and best practices into academic studies see all the good markers go up (engagement in learning, test scores, responsible behavior, healthy emotional states and relationships with others, clarity of thinking, good decision making, creativity, communications skills, empathy, teacher satisfaction) and all the bad markers decline (violence, bullying, racial and class bias, drug usage, suicides, acting out behaviors, teacher abuse, mobile addiction).
5. Well into adulthood EQ-trained students experience significantly lower rates of mental and physical health issues, crime, conflict, hard drug usage, racial biases, welfare and poverty than populations that do not experience the training, lowering the cost of government and employer remedial programs. (Research Stats).
6. The fact that only 10% of schools are cultivating EQ means that a child close to you or whom you know is likely being left out.
7. Why do only about 10% of schools in the country fully implement social-emotional learning. Because most of the public doesn’t even know it exists. Hence little to no pressure on schools and legislators to get moving on prioritizing it even though long-term studies show it saves $11 to $15 per pupil in remedial costs; meanwhile, brain science has demonstrated why it is so effective.
8. It’s really low EQ not to hasten urgently-needed (by schools and by a society riddled with conflict, violence and mental and emotional health issues) EQ-raising into every area of life, with no better place to start than all the schools (great for adults as well).
9. Every parent wants the best for their child and for the child to be able to deal with any situation with a positive attitude. Yet many if not most parents find their child challenged in some way emotionally or socially or both. These tools, policies and practices make possible a real shift for your child, for you, and for your family.
10. Many employers are already providing adult social and emotional skills training for employees. Lots more employers – it’s becoming a wave now – are putting high EQ at the top of their hiring qualities because higher EQ at the workplace demonstrably produces better performance and more satisfying work environments. See www.eiconsortium.org
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