Monday, March 7, 2022

Home and School Partnerships


Every once in a while a sick day will fall on your Monday, making it doubly Monday-ish. I’m going to lie low today and hope I’ll be back at it tomorrow. In the meantime, I want to share a piece about Social-Emotional Learning written by a parent in Minnesota. 

I’m sharing this post because I’ve been reading some local claims that schools should stick to “Core Subjects” and stay away from Social Emotional Learning and/or what they call “Values”.  I don’t want to tell you what to think. I just ask that you read this and think about it.

Peace Pass, Andrea Roske-Metcalf

To those that maintain that this kind of learning belongs solely in the home, I would suggest that a combined approach from home to school is a way of building better learners now and good citizens in the future which our democracy cannot function without. In addition, we welcome parental involvement in their child’s academic growth. Why would we not welcome schools as partners in our children’s development as healthy, whole, balanced human beings?

As we edge ever closer to Board of Education election season, Social Emotional Learning and Conflict Resolution are something to keep in mind.

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