This is a write up I did concerning the benefits of student engagement. Specifically, how it relates to social and emotional intelligence.
When people think of a school setting they more often than not focus on the learning aspect of it. While part of a schools job is to focus on
preparing students intellectually for adulthood, another overlooked facet of what they do is prepare students socially and emotionally for
Doing this in a school setting is also doing this in a structured setting. Engaging students emotionally in their classwork, helping them understand
that they WANT to learn, is going to prepare them for when they get out of school to want to keep learning in the career field of their choice. Their
career is going to be a structured setting as well in its own right.. The school is preparing them for their journey into constantly wanting to better
their lives on an intellectual level which in turn will help them make a better living.
This will help them on an emotional level as well as confidence is built through the success their intellect has afforded them. Having this as a
steady process is going to ingrain in them the importance of building relationships with fellow students as well as teachers. This will carry over
into the work field as having good relationships with co-workers and bosses. Being socially balanced in this way paves the way for having good
emotional and professional relationships. It all starts in the school setting at an early age and should progress gradually through the years until
graduation when they are fully prepared to face adulthood.
I know that the majority of the public schools here in the U.S. don't really focus on this aspect of education, as in they don't take this facet of
learning and incorporate it into their curriculum, but this really is an additional benefit of being schooled in a structured environment. I guess if
there are questions to be asked in all this for the sake of discussion, they would be:
Which do you think is more important? Social ( Business) intelligence or emotional ( personal) intelligence?
Can you excel at one without being adept at the other?
Have you known someone who has excelled in business yet didn't excel on a personal level?
Have you known someone who has excelled in their personal understandings of people yet is not a professional success?
I'll leave you all to chat about this, have to get to bed. ly