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My Oprah Moment - Education - It's More than the Three Rs

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/10/30/my-oprah-moment-education-its-more-than-the-three-rs">My Oprah Moment - Education - It&#039;s More than the Three Rs</a>

On 1 November 2010 near Drummoyne, Sydney, over 100 people have so far registered to attend the Oprah Show meetup on a topic of great importance - the education system. I will be talking there about the need for emotional intelligence education to be included in the Australian National Curriculum, and sharing the fascinating research into why this is so important. There are only a few tickets left. Full details are in the blogpost. Read full article

Is there a "Dangerous" Rise in Therapeutic Education for Children?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/09/29/is-there-a-dangerous-rise-in-therapeutic-education-for-children">Is there a  &quot;Dangerous&quot; Rise in Therapeutic Education for Children?</a>

A book published by two Oxford Brookes University academics suggested that a rise in “therapeutic education” in schools could be a bad development. The book is called The Dangerous Rise of Therapeutic Education. Apparently the book criticises school lessons that contain “social and emotional” content on the basis that these lessons may turn children into introverted, self-obsessed people who can not take criticism. Read full article

Sad Children Outperform Happy Children. Really?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/09/24/sad-children-outperform-happy-children-really">Sad Children Outperform Happy Children. Really?</a>

Last year I was drawn to a series of articles referring to research from the Universities of Virginia (United States) and Plymouth (United Kingdom) suggesting that for children, happiness may not always mean good academic results. If you have read Martin Seligman’s work on optimism and its value for children’s wellbeing and later success in life, this suggestion could leave you scratching your head and wondering. Read full article

My Opinion - Ethics Education in NSW Schools

In the New South Wales public school system, parents are asked to select an SRE (Special Religious Education) class for their child to attend for up to one hour each week. Each class focuses on one religion. Parents and children who are not religious or whose faith is not represented by the classes offered at their school can opt out of the classes. My view is that this presents a problem ... Read full article

Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education; Part 3 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen

<a href="/articles/emotional-intelligence-parenting-and-education-part-3-of-interview-with-dr-karen-hansen">Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education; Part 3 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen</a>

Part 3 of an interview with Dr Karen Hansen from the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia about adolescence being a critical time to teach emotional intelligence skills. Dr Hansen also describes the connection between emotional intelligence and academic success in particular subjects at high school. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education, Part 2 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen

<a href="/articles/emotional-intelligence-parenting-and-education-part-2-of-interview-with-dr-karen-hansen">Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education, Part 2 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen</a>

Part 2 of an interview with Dr Karen Hansen from the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia about working with primary school teachers and about the importance of emotional intelligence for children's school readiness Read full article

Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education; Part 1 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen

<a href="/articles/emotional-intelligence-parenting-and-education-part-1-of-interview-with-dr-karen-hansen">Emotional Intelligence, Parenting and Education; Part 1 of Interview with Dr Karen Hansen</a>

Part 1 of an interview with Dr Karen Hansen from the Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Australia about the definition of emotional intelligence and why it is important in parenting and education. Dr Hansen also points out the importance of emotional intelligence as a protective factor in the incidence of depression. Read full article