Six Seconds, an organization that promotes the awareness and development of EQ, has established through its research that the state of global EQ has fallen significantly over the last few years. Technology and its continuous invasion into our lives is affecting families, businesses and classrooms with less face-to-face social and relational interactions. The irony of this is that it has also propelled us into becoming a global community with the ability to see and experience things instantly and have a greater awareness of what life is like in the four corners of the world.
Just open your cell phones, start up your computers, switch on your televisions to experience firsthand, up close and personal, the affects of instant news is having on your neighbors near and far. Last week took its toll on all of us. Not a day went by without a new demonstration of horrific violence erupting and filling our psyches with images and thoughts that affect us deeply and subconsciously with fear and anxiety. Come Fall, there will be much discussion in your classrooms about our candidates for presidency. You will have an opportunity to not only discuss the differences in platforms but also their inclusiveness of human rights and decency.
This week we have had the opportunity to experience our political process in action and to see thousands of Americans pledging their votes for the next president who mocks women and people with disabilities. His supporters by their very support for this candidate advocate racism, bullying, fear tactics, and a genuine disregard for human kindness and decency. Democracy of the people and for the people dangerously at a tipping point with people following someone who rants and raves as so many dictators have done in the past. How will you manage this in your classrooms from a neutral and educational perspective?
How can we begin to raise the global EQ (Emotional Intelligence)? I mentioned that we are at a tipping point and we can tip it forward. Spend more time with your families without your cell phones. Give each of your co-workers a positive statement about who they are as people. Offer to lend a helping hand in a store, on a street corner or a neighbor. Remember to say you are sorry when you’ve made a mistake. Be grateful today, that you live in a country that allows us to consider all of the above. Malcom Gladwell the author of the tipping point showed us that if just 150 people within a community begin to do something whether it be wearing a new fashion or drinking a new drink…before you know it, we have a fad. Be one of the 150 in your community helping us to tip towards a higher regard for each other. Take action for your families and friends so that our children will live in communities that are emotionally safer having a higher EQ.
Classrooms across our country have a unique opportunity to raise the EQ in each of our schools and classrooms focusing on the integrity of each of your students and their families. After all, its their legacy and civil rights at stake.