Katharine Beals: Academic Study Makes Children Human
Teaching soft skills has made a resurgence in education chatter lately. Children and schools are being inundated with behavioral training programs that promise to make the world a kinder, gentler place. The latest fads are grit and empathy. Before that it was self-esteem. Do such programs work? Is there a better way to teach children how to be human? Dr. Katharine Beals thinks so. She’s author of Raising a Left-Brain Child in a Right-BrainWorld, an adjunct professor at Drexel and instructor at the University of Pennsylvania, and runs the blog Out in Left Field.