Emotional Intelligence Education in School can Help Children over Long Run

Emotional Intelligence Education in School

According to the recent study it was found that teaching emotional intelligence in school is showing a great impact on students for a long time.

Doing a survey on the students after the course researchers have confirmed that teaching emotions and values along with education is lasting for a long time and bringing a change in their life.

By teaching all this to youth it will improve the mental health, social skills and learning outcomes also showing benefits even after years. This is a research of UBC, University of Illinois at Chicago and Loyola University.

“Social-emotional learning programs teach the skills that children need to succeed and thrive in life,” said researcher Eva Oberle. “We know these programs have an immediate positive effect so this study wanted to assess whether the skills stuck with students over time, making social-emotional learning programs a worthwhile investment of time and financial resources in schools.”

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The results of study were taken from 82 different programs which involves 97,000 students from middle school in US, Europe and U.K. after the completion of course, the feedback of students proves that emotional education has improved emotions, values, social responsibility and positive thinking.

Reportedly students who attended the program got graduated by 11% higher than the one who didn’t. High school graduation rate was six per cent higher. Drug use and behaviour problems were six per cent lower for program participants; arrest rates were 19 per cent lower and diagnoses of mental health disorders 13.5 per cent lower.

“Teaching social-emotional learning in schools is a way to support individual children in their pathways to success, and it’s also a way to promote better public health outcomes later in life,” said Oberle. “However, these skills need to be reinforced over time and we would like to see schools embed social-emotional learning systematically into the curriculum, rather than doing programs as a ‘one-off'”

Oberle and other researchers feel that school is best place to carry out such programs because in that period of time students have a great capability to understand the situation and act according to the circumstances. That period is the right time for them to build up the ability to handle the emotional situation and take career decisions.

“Especially during middle-school years and early adolescence, young people shift away from their families and toward influences in peer groups and teachers,” Oberle said. “Children spend 923 hours in the classroom every year. What happens in schools is very influential on child development.”