Perseverance has been taught/encouraged through appropriately-challenging academic work and assignments requiring appropriately-challenging executive function performance - for multiple decades, until the last few. SEL, as currently defined/implemented, seems to be just another in a long line of edworld fads that take time away from academics and it isn't as if it is doing so well at teaching basic literacy, numeracy and general knowledge that time should be spent elsewhere. I just read that the Chancellor (think that's the title) of DC Public Schools is making it a priority for all second-graders to be taught how to ride a bike - in a school district where many (if not most) kids can't read or add!
Katharine Beals, PhD, is the author of "Raising a Left-Brain Child in a Right-Brain World: Strategies for Helping Bright, Quirky, Socially Awkward Children to Thrive at Home and at School" (Shambhala/Trumpeter)
Katharine is an educator and the mother of three left-brain children. She has taught math, computer science, social studies, expository writing, linguistics, and English as a second language to students of all ages, both in the U.S. and overseas. She is also the architect of the GrammarTrainer, a linguistic software program for language impaired children.
She is currently a lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and an adjunct professor at the Drexel University School of Education.
This site uses left-brain and right-brainnot as physiological terms for the actual left and right hemispheres of the brain, but as they are employed in the everyday vernacular. They appear here in the same spirit in which people use type A and type B (themselves the relics of a debunked theory about blood type and character type): an informal shorthand for certain bundles of personality traits.