A new study released Monday finds the most popular education topic today is social and emotional learning (SEL), which amounts to the “psychological training of children starting at a young age.”

The Boston-based, privately funded Pioneer Institute published the study, “Social-Emotional Learning: K-12 Education as New-Age Nanny State,” which asserts SEL is the latest panacea in a long line of so-called progressive “education reforms” that only serves to distract from the fact that American public school children are failing academically.

Authors Karen Effrem, M.D. and Jane Robbins, J.D. observe:

As student scores on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP, or the “nation’s report card”) paint a gloomy picture of students’ accomplishments in reading and mathematics (especially since the implementation of the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI)), education decision-makers look toward probing students’ psyches rather than instilling academic knowledge.

Social emotional learning always comes first…. no matter the situation. It’s not only for the growth of a student but also the well-being of a teacher. 💙❤️💛 #SEL #SELForAll pic.twitter.com/uHmiUn9cSc

— Jessie Cline (@Jcline_Acct) March 7, 2019

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