This article discusses the importance of measuring the social and emotional aspects of student learning. Right now, there is no widespread, practical way for all schools to assess children’s social-emotional skills and character development (SECD). Or is there? If one looks at student report cards, one often finds on “the other side” of the academic grades a set of comments about behavior, character, preparation, motivation, and more. In the world that our students will enter as adults, there can be no either/or of academic or social-emotional and character competencies. Students require “both/and.” Therefore, feedback about students in schools must incorporate both aspects, systematically and carefully.
Source Organization: Edutopia