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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

Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success with Professor Jon Cohen

<a href="/audio/emotional-intelligence-and-academic-success-with-professor-jon-cohen">Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success with Professor Jon Cohen</a>

A content-rich podcast on the connections between emotional intelligence in children and academic success. Children with stronger social and emotional skills do better academically and socially. Professor Cohen defines "social and emotional learning" and shares the important research on character education and emotional intelligence education. This recording is a "must listen" for every parent and teacher. Read full article

Playground Speak - It's Out of Line Sometimes

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/10/21/playground-speak-its-out-of-line-sometimes">Playground Speak - It&#039;s Out of Line Sometimes</a>

We have three boys and like many other kids, I suspect, they have had a tendency to refer to things they don't like as "gay" or even "retarded". This is playground speak and some people might advise me to just let it go. But I detest this kind of language coming from kids or anyone...language is a tool much stronger than the proverbial "sticks and stones" and I feel strongly that children need to learn about its impact and develop some empathy for people... 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

Importance of Secure Attachment to Caregivers - Who is Looking After Your Children?

<a href="/blogs/yvettevignando/2010/09/01/importance-of-secure-attachment-to-caregivers-who-is-looking-after-y">Importance of Secure Attachment to Caregivers - Who is Looking After Your Children?</a>

The Benevolent Society runs a program called Partnerships in Early Childhood (PIEC) with preschool and child care organisations in New South Wales and Queensland.Central to the program is the Circle of Security map, which helps parents and other carers to follow children’s relationship needs and so know how to become more emotionally available to them. Parents choosing a childcare centre or caregiver should think carefully about the quality of relationships available to their child. Read full article

Emotional Intelligence as Part of the Australian National Curriculum : Yvette Vignando with Deborah Cameron on ABC radio

Yvette Vignando spoke to Deborah Cameron, host of ABC Radio 702 Sydney's morning program, about her meeting with then Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Read full article

Interview - Professor Jonathan Cohen - Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success - Part 1

<a href="/articles/interview-professor-jonathan-cohen-emotional-intelligence-and-academic-success-part-1">Interview - Professor Jonathan Cohen - Emotional Intelligence and Academic Success - Part 1</a>

Professor Jonathan Cohen is an adjunct professor in psychology and education at the Teachers’ College at Columbia University, and an adjunct professor in education at the School of Professional studies at the City University of New York. Yvette Vignando spoke to Professor Cohen about a subject that she is passionate about: the connection between children's social and emotional skills, sometimes called their emotional intelligence, and their success at school. Read full article

Outdoor Play and Playground Conflict

<a href="/blogs/sarahpietrzak/2010/08/17/outdoor-play-and-playground-conflict">Outdoor Play and Playground Conflict</a>

Several years ago I taught an inner city school in the UK. The sports teachers refused to allow the children to play on the field at recess or lunchtime in case they messed up the field. Instead, several hundred teenagers were crowded onto 4 tennis courts and one small concreted area about the size of two basketball courts. It was like a regulated version of Lord of the Flies 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