Five Problems with Current Social and Emotional Learning 'Curriculums'
1. SEL displaces parents as the primary transmitters of children's values
2. SEL shifts the focus from adademics to social skills
3. The definition of "social skills" is malleable and inreasingly politicized
4. SEL programs facilitate data collection on children that can be harnessed to advance economic and political agendas (e.g., social credit systems)
5. SEL is based on global initiatives designed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its partners, not local groups or parents
What is CASEL?
1. The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning is the global purveyor of SEL standards that collaborates with UNESCO
2. Funded in part by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, and the Novo Foundation (who seek to "rebalance an intensely patriarchal global culture")
What is DESSA?
1. The Deveraux Student Strengths Assessment is a non-academic, multi-category assessment that analyzes your child's daily activities, personality and behavior, and rates them in various categories on a scale of 1-4
2. Children get reassessed via a 70 category re-assessment if they score low enough, and none of this information is shared with parents or guardians
3. Schools do not protect children's DESSA information; rather, they share it with for-profit information companies (that guarantee privacy for their clients)
4. You can OPT-OUT of DESSA by contacting the administration of your child's school and telling them you want to opt-out
Fight to Keep SEL Requirements Out of CT State Curriculum Standards