Conservative activists call ‘social emotional learning’ a Trojan horse for critical race theory

Parental and conservative activists nationwide say “social emotional learning” is priming students to learn critical race theory while sidelining parents from caring for their children’s mental health.

Now facing scrutiny, retailers of the method insist it only serves to help students manage their emotions and learn empathy.

A defining moment in the push against social emotional learning, or SEL, occurred at a September school board meeting in Southlake, Texas, at which a local mother called on the Carroll Independent School District to ban SEL, saying it amounted to “advertising suicide.”

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