- SEL needs to be understood as the product of a ‘psycho-economic’ fusion of psychological and economics expertise
- There are sets of moving relations among think tanks, philanthropies and campaigning coalitions which have been central to establishing SEL as an emerging policy field
- SEL is a site of considerable movement of money
- A huge industry of SEL products, consultancy and technologies has emerged, which has allowed SEL practices to proliferate through schools
- SELs enactment is contingent on local, regional and national priorities
- The OECD overtly brings together psychology and economics with their new test positioned as a way of calculating the contribution of social-emotional skills to ‘human capital
This has me rethinking the book Counting what Counts and my reflections:
It feels like the real question in need of answering isn’t what needs to be counted, but why? Although it might be useful to measure how interested we may be or our global awareness, what seems more important is what purpose does this actually achieve. In an age when counting seems to be a given and we only care about what we can count, the book it at least offers a vision about what we can measure.