Lessons designed to help children learn social and emotional skills show no results, a British study has concluded.
The programme called Seal (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) encourages pupils to discuss their feelings and manage their emotions. But a study of the group work phase of the project indicates that it is not having the desired effect on classroom or home behaviour.
Parents, teachers and pupils saw no impact on behavior, empathy and self-awareness.
Still, the program is slated to be taught in all British schools by 2011.
Some educators think teaching about emotions makes children over-sensitive and wastes time that could be spent on academic learning.