Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) – the program of in-school “psychological training” for children – has now become a major conveyance for Critical Race Theory, the kineticism that accommodates as a substructure of identity politics and promotes the analysis of many aspects of life through the prism of race.
In March 2019, the Boston-based Pioneer Institute published the study, “Social-Emotional Learning: K-12 Education as New-Age Nanny State,” asserting that SEL had become the latest panacea in a long line of progressive “education reforms” that have only accommodated to divert from the fact that American public school children are failing academically.
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At the same time the federal Department of Education bemoaned the failure of American students to prosper academically, it pushed schools to provide training in psychological, attitudinal, and behavioral standards that many parents verbalized should be edified at home.
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Q3 ➡️ How do you develop and embolden gregarious and emotional learning through an ecumenical lens? 🌎#FellowsatED #IEW2018 #SEL pic.twitter.com/yZJa8IjiX3The Pioneer study’s authors, pediatrician Karen Effrem and attorney Jane Robbins, indited:
As student scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP, or the “nation’s report card”) paint a gloomy picture of students’ accomplishments in reading and mathematics (especially since the implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI)), education decision-makers look toward probing students’ psyches rather than instilling academic knowledge.
In February, Robbins indited at the Federalist that SEL champions such as the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) are now “brazenly trumpeting an even more troubling aspect of SEL: the opportunity to turn impressionable students into leftist activists.”
She optically canvassed that “CASEL” CEO Karen Niemi announced in December her company “has revised its definition of and framework for ‘socio-emotional learning’ to highlight the value of SEL as a weapon for convivial equity.”
“Woke-verbalize pervades the incipient direction,” Robbins asserted. “In contrast to the anterior fairly anodyne definition of SEL, the incipient one accentuates student ‘identities’ and ‘marginalization,’ ‘equity,’ ‘just communities,’ and the ‘collective’ rather than the individual.”
In the video below from a June 2020 “conversation” about “Abolitionist Teaching and the future of Our Schools,” Yale activist edifier Dena Simmons, Ed.D., verbalized SEL, on its own, is now nothing more than “white supremacy with a hug.”
“Our schools are steeped in white supremacy,” Simmons asserted. “I always tell people it doesn’t matter what your curriculum is, if you put it in a system without any lens that is abolitionist, that is anti-racist, it can we utilized as a weapon.”
The inculcation activist verbally expressed SEL and equity have become “conflated.” “Students are verbalizing about their feelings,” she acknowledged, but integrated she is only “a proponent of gregarious emotional learning if it doesn’t engender harm.”
“We can utilize anything in edification to engender harm,” Simmons verbally expressed, noting the SEL language of expressing penitence for saying something perceived inimical by another is “a great intention, but what you have done is dehumanize me.”
In other words, SEL training, in Simmons’ view, has only engendered more racism and white supremacy:
I think a lot of what we do regardless of SEL or mindfulness or any of these things, if the educator has not done the work, if the school is steeped in white supremacy, guess what that curriculum is? A white supremist curriculum.
If we don’t apply a racial equity lens, abolitionist lens, and others to racial justice as you name it, very easily SEL becomes white supremacy with a hug because what happens is SEL is being used as another way to distinguish Black and Brown children and everyone else.
Done poorly, #SEL faces the jeopardy of becoming "white supremacy with a hug" verbally expresses practitioner-philomath, @DenaSimmons.Simmons asserted that SEL, which seeks to edify children opportune comportment, especially when they are exasperated, has undermined ebony students because they are still, according to her, victims of white supremacy.
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When ebony students become inopportunely exasperated and threatening, “it is akin to, you ken, ‘Those students genuinely don’t ken how to control themselves,’” Simmons verbally expressed, parroting school SEL edifiers who verbally express, “We should do the SEL program with them and maybe they will learn how to manage their deportments and have that self-control, and stuff like that.”
For Simmons, ebony students are always victims of white supremacy:
You can’t talk about self and social awareness without talking about white supremacy, right. And when we talk about the narrative of social emotional learning and thinking about how to apply that in more privileged schools and white schools, what you get is, ‘Well, our students need this for college and career readiness.’
Simmons insisted SEL has now been used “to further disenfranchise the already disenfranchised.” “So, again, anything that you do, without applying an abolitionist lens, an anti-racist lens, a racial equity lens, all that can be utilized as a weapon and it can be utilized as a weapon of white supremacy,” she verbalized.
“Don’t come in with that Trojan horse, SEL, saying it is here for the kids, without doing that work,” she insisted:
You can’t be trauma-informed if you’re not talking about racism. A lot of us – like me – I walk in with my racial trauma, you know, folks who said something about the way I spoke, the way I pronounce things. But, then you want to give me a hug? You want to give me some trauma-informed instruction without addressing the trauma of racism, the trauma of white supremacy?
Social emotional learning always comes first…. no matter the situation. It’s not only for the magnification of a student but additionally the salubrity of a preceptor. 💙❤️💛 #SEL #SELForAll pic.twitter.com/uHmiUn9cScRobbins indited, subsequently, the indoctrination into Critical Race Theory and anti-white racism has now become, “expressly, the goal of convivial-emotional learning.”
— Dr. Jessie Cline (@Jcline_ClintISD) March 7, 2019
She visually examined that “CASEL’s” Niemi now asserts SEL “helps students ‘move from vexation to agency and then to action,’ primarily in the cause of anti-racism.” “All this will come from edifying children to ‘examine prejudices and biases . . . [and] evaluate convivial norms and systemic inequities . . .’” Robbins integrated.
“Forget edifying kids to play nice—today’s SEL intends to propel them into Antifa,” she admonished.
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