Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Ohio) advocated for the passage of the Every Student Succeeds Act. He applauded social-emotional learning. Watch below:
An excerpt: “I believe this bill helps us get back to redefining what the Common Core is. In my estimation the Common Core is – are we teaching kids mental discipline? The ability to be aware, the ability to be focused, the ability to cultivate one of the key components to a successful life and that is the ability to regulate your own emotional state. This comes well before science, technology, engineering and math. Teaching these key fundamental characteristics: mental discipline, physical discipline, focus, concentration, self-regulation – key components before you even get to the academic side… I believe there is a new way of educating our kids emerging here, there is a new Common Core developing and that is the mental discipline and the physical health of our young people.”
Ryan said in a prepared statement after voting in favor of the bill, “I am proud that this legislation includes language that will help expand and make the teaching of social and emotional learning more effective. As we have seen in my District social and emotional learning helps increase attendance, decrease suspensions and behavioral incidences, and improve attention and participation. Creating a healthy and safe environment for students to learn is essential to a quality education and I am glad that this legislation continues to advance this important cause.”
Social-Emotional learning is the new Common Core, and according to Congressman Ryan, the Every Student Succeeds Act supports that goal. There is a reason that Democrats did a 100 percent 180º on this bill and 40 less Republicans voted in favor of it than last time.
HT: Alice Linahan