Emotional Education in School

23 December, 2020
Developing emotional intelligence from childhood can lead to rewarding habits and experiences in adulthood. It helps you cope with life changes and boosts your psychological well-being.

Education is power. It’s the most powerful weapon you can possess. In fact, it makes you who you are. That’s why experts recently recognized that emotional intelligence should be taught in classrooms. Emotional education seems to be crucial in creating free, honorable, and fair-minded human beings.

It seems that if boys and girls receive a comprehensive emotional education, they’ll be better able to develop a mindset that respects gender differences and equality. Furthermore, inclusive education is a universal right. It’s a system that’s based on equality and non-discrimination. This way, children can reach their full potential at both a cognitive and socio-emotional level.

Emotional education, every child’s right

The education system must be adapted to suit everyone’s needs. That’s why emotional intelligence must be included in any comprehensive education. Emotional intelligence is defined as a set of emotional and social skills. If these skills are developed under conditions of gender equality, the child develops a resilient and well-rounded personality.

When you know about emotions, you get more out of your education. Thus, when children learn emotional intelligence, they develop inclusive mindsets. This way of thinking promotes acceptance and tolerance, regardless of gender.

Pegs with faces.

Emotional intelligence as a tool in school

Emotional intelligence can be a great tool to teach values. Thus, some authors believe it acts as an intermediary on the outcomes of cognitive skills and academic performance.

Some writers have studied how emotional intelligence affects behavior. For instance, they believe that students’ social habits and impulsivity change depending on whether they have low or high emotional intelligence.

Students with low emotional intelligence tend to exhibit anti-social behaviors. This is because they have higher rates of impulsivity and fewer social habits.

Students with higher emotional intelligence usually develop more positive interpersonal bonds. Furthermore, they’re less likely to argue with their friends.

In addition, people who develop emotional intelligence as a child tend to have more rewarding habits and experiences in adulthood. Consequently, they’re better able to cope with life changes and have an increased level of psychological well-being.

Emotional education in elementary school

Childhood is the most sensitive time when it comes to personality development.  In fact, in Spanish primary education, it’s considered extremely important for all students’ learning capabilities to be taken into account.

Creating constructive relationships that are based on equality prevents a child from acquiring either an under or over-valued self-concept. Indeed, such unsuitable self-concepts can trigger gender violence.

Young children with their teacher.

Some models based on emotional intelligence

  • Goleman’s competency model (1995)
  • Bar-On model of emotional-social intelligence (1997)
  • Model of the four branches of Salovey and Myer (1990)

Conclusions on emotional education in school

The origins of gender-based violence are both social and cultural. It’s based on patriarchal gender stereotypes. These stereotypes considered women as subordinate to men. In fact, even women’s fundamental rights, as in “the right to have rights” were disregarded.

To put an end to this problem, we need to get to the bottom of it. In childhood, gender differences begin to occur, which can then lead to gender violence. Therefore, this is where education plays a major role.

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