ABSTRACT

Chapter Six places social emotional learning (SEL) at the core of a healthy approach to dialogue across lines of difference. Positive emotional responses bind us to our political team, just as negative emotions repel us from our political enemies and preempt productive, cross-cutting conversations. Social emotional learning therefore plays a central role in training the bridge-builders of tomorrow, and because emotion is fundamental to media’s polarizing effect, the chapter simultaneously champions media literacy. To face the unprecedented challenges of a fractured media landscape, our kids will need to develop rigorous critical thinking skills. We adults have increasingly lost sight of our responsibilities as critical consumers of news, and kids need to reclaim them.