You may not have heard of a new fad in education circles known as SEL– Social and Emotional Learning, but it’s becoming the center of attention at your Indiana legislature.
A brand new extensive review of Social Emotional Learning from the Pioneer Institute says that measuring a child’s SEL is “mostly hype with little research evidence to back up its claims. Its risks to young children’s psychological health and privacy, however are significant.”
The authors further warn, “It is one thing to direct your own moral, ethical, and emotional development or that of your children, but having a government vendor or unqualified public school officials implement SEL curriculum based on coffee-table psychology is quite another.”
There are multiple bills in the legislature right now pushing SEL upon Indiana schools under the guise of “school safety.”
PARENTS NEED TO KNOW OF, AND GIVE THEIR CONSENT TO, ANY PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING OF THEIR CHILD IN SCHOOL.
Senator Dennis Kruse has the only acceptable language on parental rights in this matter. It has actual teeth to protect the rights of parents and families in these non-academic, values-based, assessments.
Please call your State Senator and ask him/her to support the Kruse Amendment to House Bill 1004 which may be heard on Wednesday in the Senate Education Committee.
Legislators need to know that parents’ rights in these sensitive topics are fundamental. No child should be labeled with a mental health problem without the full knowledge and involvement of that child’s parent or parents.
Call your State Senator at: 317-232-9400
Ask Your Senator to “Support the Kruse parental rights amendment to HB 1004.“
You can find your legislator here: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/find-legislators/