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Social And Emotional Skills: Everybody Loves Them, But Still Can't Define Them

Laura Bornfreund was quoted in NPR on the importance of teaching social and emotional skills:

This isn't just a semantic issue, argues Laura Bornfreund at the New America Foundation. She wrote a paper on what she called "Skills for Success" because she didn't like any of these other terms.

"There's a lot of different terms floating around but also a lack of agreement on what really is most important to students."


But Bornfreund is sticking to her guns. "I still refer to them as Skills for Success for short; skills, habits and mindsets for success would be the full descriptor. Because they are both cognitive and academic, and more than character traits, those labels don't fit. I haven't heard any new terms that fit better."