The Purpose of SEL: Let’s Be Clear
Social-emotional learning isn’t just a feel-good activity. It’s not psychotherapy or an attempt to parent
kids. Nor is it a substitute for core academic subjects such as math, science, or literacy.
Instead, SEL concepts provide an extra dimension to education, focusing on improving cooperation, communication, and
decision making. In a world where emotional intelligence is critical for lifelong happiness, successful careers, and
healthier relationships, SEL gives students a framework for developing these skills.