Kim Schonert-Reichl: Why Educate the Heart?



Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.     Aristotle

Educating the heart refers to the importance of not only focusing on developing the cognitive aspects (our minds) but also all the qualities that make us human (our hearts) and ultimately give us meaning in our lives. In this short video, Dr. Kimberly Schonert-Reichl explains why we need to prepare our children for this world by educating their hearts, and how we can do so.

Why? Science clearly shows that teaching skills such as empathy, compass, altruism, and kindness helps children be successful in school and later in life.

How? Create the conditions where children feel connected with others and have the opportunity to practice social and emotional skills with others.


This review of 213 studies of school-based social and emotional learning programs was published in the January 2011 issue of Child Development and has become one of the most important and frequently cited documents in the SEL field.