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Yale expert says teaching about emotions reduces bullying

from The Hartford Courant

At a recent symposium on reducing bullying and improving school climate, Marc Brackett, director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, told a crowd of about 200 educators that bullying prevention programs "are mostly ineffective." About 28 percent of children report that they are bullied regularly in school — a percentage that has stayed about the same since 2005. "Why are we spending billions of dollars a year on approaches that don't seem to make a difference?" Brackett asked. Brackett's program that he has developed with the Center for Emotional Intelligence takes a "whole school approach" that teaches both children and staff about social and emotional learning. more

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