Why don't we teach coping skills in schools? We have physical education, I assume because of Roosevelt IDK. Wouldnt it serve kids (and the world) to understand and manage emotions?
A public school I used to teach at had several teachers who taught yoga to 7-8 year olds. It was strictly the teacher's choice (not anything the administration really encouraged) but I thought it was an excellent idea. A lot of kids really benefit by focused breathing and concentrating on poses... they have zero other time in their day when they aren't bombarded with media, intense interactions or information. Being grounded in their breath and body makes them so much calmer.
it's a good idea but first we need to fund public schools, and that would include paying teachers enough that actual qualified educators could afford to BE teachers, and not have to choose between feeding their families and providing pencils for the students. this would also require having a secretary of education whose stated goal is NOT to bring everyone to christ, and whose apparent goal is NOT to kill her department, and all public schools along with it. i am not dismissing the importance of coping skills, or of teaching them. i was not being sarcastic when i said it was a good idea. but first we have to save schools, in order to teach ANYTHING in them.
I did my best quickie research and it looks like, in America (not globally) it's up to parents/primary care-givers to worry about emotional intelligence. I wasn't shocked (it's America, just grab a gun.) At any rate, good question, great idea, never gonna happen (it's America.)
Globally (sans the USA) there are all sorts of programs being taught in school. SMILE is in Europe with similar programs globally. Looks like these programs have been around for decades. shrugs*
*In America, Positive Action, Developer Carol Allred, is/was a program that was once an industry standard. K-12. It's used very limited today (in the USA.) I believe it was outdated/out of step and a re-write of the program never happened.
It's actually being done in some schools using discussion circles as a form of community building, involving students and faculty alike, and the practice is gaining momentum. The results have been remarkable, with coping skills improving, satisfaction levels rising, and behavioral problems plummeting. (I took training in guiding discussion circles for community building, but circles can also be used in restorative justice, which is also gaining steam at a slower rate. Schools are leading the way, embracing the practice because it's been shown to be so effective in giving students a healthy way of working through conflict and emotions.)
I teach at a high poverty high school. Kids have lot of stress. One teacher used mindfulness exercises for 1 minute at the beginning of each class, and had positive results in reducing stress, reducing classroom management problems, and increasing grades.
I am aware that other teachers did not approve because they saw it as anti-christian, associating it with eastern religions. (What the teacher was doing had no religious content at all.)
We should. We should also teach budgeting, job interview skills, writing a resume, and critical thinking, and changing a tire! (It’s name a few)
I also think young kids should learn how appropriately interact with dogs since more than 50% of dog bite victims are children. Dogs are everywhere so basic education should be included along with other necessary life skills.
We should. If we did, we would have fewer reasons to put so many resources into suicide prevention. Between smart phones, social media, pre-pubescent nastiness and childhood coddling, we have situations - particularly at the middle school level - of constant threats of self harm, and way too many suicides. And I don't think it all started with the "participation trophy".
We should. And, in fact, I was taught social & emotional coping skills. The comments here about funding and student to teacher/councilor ratios are a reality that isn't going to change. Therefore, other methods and resources need to be put in place.
This is a comment from another Agnostic.com page I made yesterday. It is an example of an alternate methodology and resource:
So, Rob! I'm recovering from "The Strenuous Life" of shoveling snow. Anti-inflammatory drugs, and a good Pinot Noir.
I believe that to combat the "Lone Shooter" syndrome, the best way, is to bring as many young men into our (Mine) culture as possible. To stop gun abuse is to, in my opinion, eliminate, or, at least, put in place those personal disciplines that allow young men to control anger. To that end, I'm involved in a mentoring program supported by our local police, targeting young men who have a history of violent and anti-social behavior. These young men are referred to us, through the police representative, from police, sheriff, and local school counselors. With parental permission, we bring these boys into our "Manliness" program. Each boy is assigned one primary mentor, and required to attend a weekly group class/meeting/event. Seems to be working, so far. Firearm related topics covered:
additionally, We use this resource to generally discuss "Manliness" and responsibility to the young men.
For some of the younger "gentlemen", we start with this:
Now, The dozen or so of us "Mentors" and instructors are pretty old school. We're all veterans. Gun carrying members of the "Gunfighter Nation". So, we're not really open to non-traditional male roles.
But! we've received lots of positive feedback from the schools and parents..... Drive On.
I agree wholeheartedly! The topic could be blended in with other subjects, especially health or psychology. Just a single one day class might work wonders if taught by a qualified person.
Elementary schools should introduce the subject IMO. Maybe they do for all I know, but I don’t remember anything like that.
It would also serve to teach them nutrition and gardening. But education has been delivering less and less over the years. You know, I do think coping skills were taught in school when I was a kid, but I do not think we were aware of it. It was just part of our culture where all adults helped everyone’s kids learn them...everyone’s mom was your mom, everyone’s dad was your dad. Adults helped kids learn to cope...and kids helped other kids.
I’ve always felt school itself is a microcosm of life. If a child/ student isn’t handling it well, help usually finds them. As with everything ‘school’ (at least public), ‘they’ can only teach what the community demands and supports … and school boards & administrators are rarely known for innovation.
This is stuff kids should learn at home. Schools have enough to teach and many other distractions to deal with. We learned more by playing with other kids in the neighborhood where you didn't get your way all the time but you learned to get along or you had no friends, you know life lessons. Sad that kids don't even play outside anymore let a lone with other kids and get to know other kids parents and have sleepovers on weekends etc... I' m sure some kids do but not any of the ones I work with.