Social and Emotional Learning
Children will learn how to minimize conflict internally and externally through an understanding of emotional language, body language, and social/personal relationships. They will learn to recognize their own internal feelings and be equipped with the skills to stop themselves reaching extremes of emotion. Through this understanding, children will be able to cultivate healthier relationships with their friends, their partners, and most importantly, with themselves.
Retaining our native languages is important to keep a hold of our rich cultural diversity. Native languages will be taught in places where English is not the dominant language, with English being taught as a second language in those places. In places where English is the dominant language, only English will be mainstreamed with the option of learning a second language. By teaching English across the board, language barriers no longer get in the way of our ability to communicate, bringing all cultures closer together.
Basic literacy will remain a cornerstone of education, as the acquisition of basic reading and writing skills open up many doors that would otherwise remain closed. Beyond primary/elementary level, literacy and language education should be a voluntary study, since a great many students will not need higher-level language skills to live fulfilling lives. These children would much prefer to spend their time and energy pursuing mastery in other areas.
In this day and age, where media is everywhere we look and pervades our lives at every turn, it is vital that we learn how to decode it in all its forms. Children should be taught how to read subtext, how to recognize media manipulation, and how to avoid falling prey to advertising and political spin. We have to equip our children with the smarts to defend against the damaging messages that they are being targeted with.