in collaboration with Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
Require social and emotional intelligence training in K-12 schools
From: Lorie W., Buffalo Grove, IL
Within my own family I have relatives that many would consider financially successful, and others that would be considered as being in need. One common denominator between both groups is their ability to make the best of the situation that they are in. The one difference between the groups, though, is that people in one believe they can be successful while those in the other feel that "success is for other people." I believe that poverty first occurs within a person's mind -- before it becomes reality.
There are families that operate on $20,000 dollars a year that have learned to work with their situation and there are others that make $100,000 plus a year and struggle day after day. If we had training from elementary through high school that focused on teaching people how to analyze, compare, reason, work in teams and deal with conflict, I believe people would have the tools necessary to have confidence in their ability to make a way, no matter how much work is necessary, to be productive in our society.