Positive education and socio-emotional strategies for human flourishing.
Schools are the primary place where the values of a culture get instilled in young people. To the extent that teachers convey pessimism, distrust, and a tragic outlook on life, their students’ worldview will be thus fabricated. To the extent that teachers transmit optimism, trust, and a hopeful sense of the future, this will positively influence their students’ perception of the world.
The goal of Positive Education is to produce both well-being as well as to forward the traditional outcomes of schooling. This goal is too broad, however, since many programs and many schools have such a goal. To make our review wieldy and useful, we will limit the scope of Positive Education to schools and programs that actually measure outcomes and also use a replicable set of validated interventions to achieve those outcomes.