I’m all for teaching SEL and helping students name emotions and navigate problem solving skills. That’s fine and all. But at a certain point, it starts to feel like we’re raising these kids.
As a third grade teacher, I need to cover a lot of academic content. In a given year I’m usually lucky if I get to 2/3 of the content I’m supposed to touch on and on top of that, the time I’m expected to spend teaching kids to be decent humans is becoming more and more. I can teach them about amygdala hijack and can give students vocabulary to use when expressing their feelings, but I think the responsibility of teaching a kid to be empathetic, to have integrity, and to not be a jerk should fall on the adults at home.
I’m here to teach kids, not to raise them. /endrant