How to have uncomfortable conversations with your teacher or principal
September 15, 2022
Because SEL is Experimental --> SEL should be opt-in
These conversations you are having with educators is a great time to share your viewpoint with them.
5 Questions to ask educators:
Why did I opt out my fourth grader from the SEL program?
I reviewed the materials in the LIFE Skills Training program and noticed that family and parents were not presented as a help or benefit to the child. They were rarely mentioned and when they were it was as an influencer who could manipulate, or in an exercise that mentioned a troubled home.
Nevertheless, the program seems to offer some good skills and opportunities for me to have conversations with my own kid. Therefore, I have asked the teacher if I could come in and teach the same lesson to my kid one-on-one so I could be the one creating relationship, teaching values and helping to fill in the “influencer” blanks on the worksheets with a vast support network of family and friends.
Watch the video to learn how I would adjust some of the statements in the book for social and emotional health that actually includes the family.
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