I believe that it is easier to build strong children than repair broken men. With technology taking over the world, I believe that building Emotional Intelligence in children is far more important than IQ.
Definition of Emotional Intelligence: the capacity to be aware of, control, and express one's emotions, and to handle interpersonal relationships judiciously and empathetically.
In Today’s World, Change is the Only Constant. The concept of success has changed and different skills are required to be successful in the 21st Century.
The world has moved from the Agricultural to Industrial and then the Information Age; it has now progressed to the Conceptual Age. Yet pedagogies in schools are left behind in the Industrial Age, wherein they think of children as products on a conveyor belt
Role of a 21st century School is to build emotionally strong children. Children who can deal with the uncertain times ahead of them, Children who can assert themselves in a world where people thrive on lack.
Like the Dalai Lama says “Teaching young people about compassion is one of the most important things for the future of humanity”.
Here is a sneak peek Into the Future
World Health Organization states that by 2030, depression will be the largest crisis facing mankind. Armed with this knowledge and our understanding of neuroscience our children learn about the power of their thoughts and ‘internal stories’ at a very young age. Throughout our structured (reading, storytelling, concept teaching) to our unstructured activities (activity corners, drama and free play) we reinforce ‘habits of mind’ that lead to: self motivation, confidence and emotional resilience. We know that high IQ without the ability to manage challenge and stress will not serve your child when he / she becomes an adult.
Our holistic curriculum at includes the emotional quotient and oversees the development of all the domains in a child - cognitive, psychomotor and affective domain - the head, heart and body. Our children will be equipped to deal with diverse situations of a demanding future. A ‘demanding’ future as no one is able to predict what this future will look like.
One of the other studies by The US department of labour suggests that ‘65 percent of children entering grade school this year are likely to encounter work profiles that are not even in existence by the time they graduate.’
Our job as leading educators is to equip children to be completely ready to succeed in an ever changing world and for us to be able to equip our children, we need to be equipped too. Our teachers should be in a position to deal with children and be sensitive to each ones needs and according to me the Emotional Intelligence course offered by Yale serves the purpose.