April 5, 2009, The Boston Globe: Mayer and Emotional Intelligence
The other kind of smart
Is it time for schools to try to boost kids' emotional intelligence?
By Drake Bennett, The Boston Globe
April 5, 2009
For most of us, what we were taught in school and what we remember from our school years are two different things. We sat through uncountable hours of lessons about denominators and organelles, about precipitates and dangling participles, about Boo Radley and Shays' Rebellion, and yet the memories that sneak up on us today are more likely to be the humiliations suffered on the school bus or the awkward moments from a pubertal romance, the triumph of a deftly parried insult or the sheltering solidarity we felt in a now long-dispersed clique...