Emotional Intelligence and a focus on soft skills at schools
Thinking about things differently and challenging the status quo
A focus on soft skills at schools, for a more emotionally intelligent society.
I’ve always had issues with the predominant focus on hard skills in schools. They did not serve me well during my time.
Although I know things have changed since then:
- Social and Emotional Learning
- Restorative circles, to foster conversations around emotions
- Habits of the Mind in report cards
- From STEM to STEAM certified schools
- Project Based Learning
And lots more. Let’s hope this development continues.
I would give soft skills the same importance as hard skills, and a primary focus.
New classes could blend topics like in the upper left quadrant, for example mathematics with decision making or physics with problem solving.
And what about self-awareness with computers and AI? Or stress management and chemistry?
Ultimately, I strongly believe that a greater focus on soft skills and emotional intelligence (EQ) in society will lead to a happier, healthier, peaceful and more productive society.
STEM / MINT subjects are absolutely important – but communications and soft skills are the glue that holds a society together. They also enable greater creativity and innovation.
I’m aware that I’m an idealist and not a curriculum designer, therefore welcome healthy constructive feedback.
What would you change?