Stephen Downes

Knowledge, Learning, Community

Ben Williamson's min point here is that "Social-emotional learning sounds like a progressive, child-centred agenda, but behind the scenes it’s primarily concerned with new forms of child measurement." Because there isn't sufficient knowledge of "what works" in these areas, the focus has been on collecting and analyzing data (this will probably be the case for any future discipline, I would say). Williamson offers 'six main points' in this article that focus on the size and value of the SEL market, policy moves, and "a wider political context where psychology and economics have become dominant forms of expertise in contemporary governance." Good article.

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