Should schools provide “emotional education”?
In response to a recent incident of a graduate student at Taiwan University pouring acid on his girlfriend, Taiwan Yahoo conducted a survey of 2,100 responses on October 27-30, 2017, about the question: Should schools provide “emotional education”?
“Emotional education” essentially refers to education in emotional intelligence emphasizing one’s competence in management of personal emotions, one’s social competence in the management of interpersonal relationships.
The survey shows that 3.2% think schools provide “very sufficient emotional education”, 4.1% think schools provide “relatively sufficient emotional education”, 17.4% think schools provide “somewhat insufficient emotional education”, 70.9% think schools provide “completely insufficient emotional education”, 4.4% do not know.
Asian education emphasizes getting good grades, passing exams and getting ahead in class studies, and “emotional education” is deficient.
The survey shows that 44.7% think academic credit courses should be offered to students, 38.0% think schools should hire psychiatric counseling personnel, 59.4% think schools should hold seminars on “emotional education”, 14.8% say “other” and 5.7% say they do not know.
When asked who and where should “emotional education” be provided, 55.7% say “family education”, 21.9% say “education in school”, 9.9% say “society”, 9.8% say “the media”, 1.5% say “other” and 1.2% say “do not know or have no opinion”. The survey respondents included 55% males and 45% females.
It seems that there is indeed a need to educate youths in emotional conflict management beyond just personal competence, self awareness, self management, social awareness, social competence and relationship management that standard emotional intelligence entails.
Emotional conflict management should involve clinical psychology and clinical psychiatry rather than being limited to social psychology.