I have to admit, this article has a point. Kids who learn emotional and social skills early on have an easier time in life; it’s almost common knowledge. However, what struck me most as interesting in this article was this thought: if the correlation is common knowledge, why don’t we focus more on it?
Why are we so centered on academics, when emotions hold just as much, if not more, over our lives? I, for one, believe it’s because we’re rooted in tradition. This method has worked for so many years, why wouldn’t it work now? Why fix what isn’t broken?
The answer is simply that it has broken, unbelievably so. Academic success is pushed so hard that high-school students nowadays have classes their parents didn’t have to deal with until college. It’s no longer about sharing and getting along, it’s seeing how far you can push yourself to beat that other candidate to the scholarship. Not so much what we, as teenagers, want, but what we might want.
But there’s a problem with focusing only on schoolwork. It doesn’t get you many friends. Without a healthy balance of both intellectual and emotional intelligence, we can’t build relationships. We might have trouble communicating basic messages, doomed to live our lives as emotionally stunted Frankensteins.
Maybe if we focused more on how others react and process emotions, we could help ourselves become better people. Learning through others and vice versa is how we grow, how we learn. By both knowing both the situation and how best to communicate said problem with others, it’s unbelievably easier to solve it.
Link to the article: http://www.cnn.com/2015/07/16/living/kindergarten-social-skills-adult-success-study-feat/