Social-Emotional Intelligence Is Missing From School. Here’s Why That Matters.

I teach 9th grade college readiness at a charter high school in New York City’s Brooklyn borough. In this class, I introduce students to topics such as personal organization, the college admissions process, and more. However, in almost every class, I also verbalize the need for students to become effective communicators. I stress to my students the importance of understanding themselves and adjusting to any social environment as necessary skills for success in the real world. These skills are considered the core competencies of emotional and social intelligence.

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