Emotions in School

School is an experience primarily comprised of learning information ó rarely questioning it, but rather taking it in as fact. While we learn about many subjects, very few of them have any real impact on our lives. There are absolutely no classes dealing with human emotions, for instance.

According to sociologist Thomas Scheff, a big supporter of emotional education from the University of California, many Western societies simply view emotions as an indulgence or a distraction, and less important than other things. And heís right ó we are often taught to bury our emotions so we can be more productive, and we are made to feel as though our emotions are not as relevant or important; they always seem to come secondary, if at all, especially within an educational setting. Scheff, among many others, believes that emotions provide valuable information, and yet we are taught not to listen to them. ďJust as dangerous,Ē Scheff said, ďis the practice of hiding one emotion behind another.Ē He has found that ďmen, in particular, tend to hide feelings of shame under anger, aggression and, far too often, violence.Ē

Many of the issues and problems that arise in our lives stem from the fact that we really have no idea how to process or address our emotions. As a result of this lack in our education, a child who has not paid any attention to their emotional body develops bad habits and behaviours to compensate, until they learn how to properly process their emotions, if they ever do.
Itís Time Children & Teachers Learn About The Power of Emotional Intelligence ó by Arjun Walia