I have worked in hundreds of schools across the country and can see the clear and distinct differences with schools that have emotional literacy as part of the curriculum and culture and those that don’t. Schools that lack emotional literacy components have more bullying, fights, suspensions, and stressed out kids and staff.
Schools with emotional literacy have a peaceful school culture in which both the students and teachers have the tools to understand and express their emotions, creatively problem solve (non-violently) and most of all ENJOY coming to school each day.
The simple act of implementing a few minutes of mindfulness/meditation in to class along with personal check-ins on feelings, can change the entire day and school year.
Emotional literacy is a crucial component to violence free schools, both physically and emotionally. It is the key to a peaceful world.
The solution exists.
Let’s give our youth the safe and inclusive world they deserve.