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Social and emotional learning is the latest flashpoint in the education wars

Educators say SEL is intended to help kids cope with problems and succeed in school, but angry parents don’t see it that way.

February 21, 2022 | Hechinger Report
Jargon may have turned parents against social and emotional learning

Educators often have a tendency to use confusing terminology when speaking about their field. But jargon may now be playing a role in the politicization of social and emotional learning — often referred to as SEL.

February 17, 2022 | Hechinger Report
Virtual learning left my classmates and me burned out, but there are things schools can do to make it better for us

With expanded school services, mental health would be less stigmatized, which, in turn, would encourage more students to reach out to community services and resources, writes Maryland ninth grader Sophie Nguyen.

February 17, 2022 | Hechinger Report
Will making the FAFSA more ‘fun’ help get Pell grants into students’ pockets?

Convincing students and parents to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or the FAFSA, can often be a losing battle – and completion rates are low in many states across the country.

February 3, 2022 | Hechinger Report
Too many students just aren’t interested in what is being taught

Too many students are disengaged from the content of school. This is particularly concerning because engagement and cultural relevance have both been proven to have a positive impact on student outcomes, writes Relevant Learner's Noah Dougherty.

January 12, 2022 | Hechinger Report
Why we could soon lose even more Black Teachers

America has long had a teacher diversity problem, and the strains of the last two years are poised to make it worse, writes Sarah Carr.

January 5, 2022 | Hechinger Report
Long disparaged, education for the skilled trades is slowly coming into fashion

One trend reviving interest in education in the trades appears to be growing doubt among high school students and career switchers about the value of a four-year college; the proportion of high schoolers who are considering a four-year education has plummeted from 71% to 48% since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a survey by the ECMC Group, a nonprofit student loan guaranty agency that also operates three career schools.

December 31, 2021 | Hechinger Report
We face another lost generation if we don’t do something about college enrollment

With free community college out, let’s make sure early college is still in Build Back Better, writes Deborah Delisle and Chris Gabrieli.

December 27, 2021 | Hechinger Report
More students question college, putting counselors in a fresh quandary

The pandemic has made counselors reflect on how to help students evaluate many different paths and opportunities, then figure out what interests them.

December 23, 2021 | Hechinger Report