Dubious Designs

Will Social Emotional Learning Save the World, or Will it SELout Our Future?

In 1994, the Fetzer Institute, whose stated mission is to help build the spiritual foundation for a loving world,1 hosted a meeting of educators to address a concern they had about ineffective and uncoordinated programming in schools. From that meeting emerged the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) and a new framework for aligning and coordinating school programming, which they called social and emotional learning (SEL).2

Today CASEL continues to work toward advancing science, practice, and policy related to SEL. It defines SEL by reference to five core competencies: (1) self-awareness, (2) self-management, (3) social awareness, (4) relationship skills, and...


has a BS in Computer Science and worked as a software engineer with IBM until she hopped off the career track to be a full-time mom. She lives in Indianapolis, IN, where she works as Deputy Editor of Salvo and writes on apologetics and matters of faith.

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #49, Summer 2019 Copyright © 2021 Salvo | www.salvomag.com https://salvomag.com/article/salvo49/dubious-designs


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