What is the Common Core Missing?


Lessons in kindness, that’s what.

With so much emphasis on accelerated learning and racing to the top (of what, exactly?), our education system seems to be forgetting one essential lesson:  Kids need to learn how to relate.  They need to learn about things like compassion, empathy, and kindness.  And while some of that can certainly be taught at home, kids spend 6+ hours at school each day.  It should be addressed there, as well.

Go ahead, work on those standards.  But for the love of children everywhere…add a few standards for social competency.  It’s important.

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About Katie

Katie Hurley is a Child, Adolescent, and Family Psychotherapist and Parenting Expert in Los Angeles, CA. She works in private practice in the South Bay area of Los Angeles, writes for PBS Parents, Washington Post Parents, and the Huffington Post. She is the author of "The Happy Kid Handbook: How to Raise Joyful Children in a Stressful World" (Tarcher/Penguin, 2015) and "No More Mean Girls: The Secret to Raising Strong, Confident, and Compassionate Girls" (Penguin Random House, 2018)