When young children connect with each other to share their life stories, they get more out of it than you may think. This form of interaction gives them social and emotional education. They're learning...

1) To talk with people that are different from themselves. Children grow up with their family, who is alike them in every way. Sharing stories with other people allows them to have empathy for that person.
2) To have a face-to-face conversation. Kids are so focused on their social media sites and cell phones that sometimes they don't know how to have an eye-to-eye conversation with someone. It's a skill!
3) To work their brain.  Human beings are complicated things. When kids learn to understand other humans, it's the best form of brain fitness.
4) To be good people. When kids learn to listen to other people, they're preparing themselves for their future. This world needs people who are willing to truly listen to other people and compromise, not just do things for their own gain.
5) To be open to emotions. When kids talk to other people about their life stories, these talks almost always involve laughter and tears. Kids need to be open to letting emotions show and be a part of their lives. Otherwise, conversations can be dead, and emotions can be locked up inside. That isn't healthy.

Schools that not only focus on academia, but focus on emotional and social education will be preparing students for the future. Students will never have to find the third derivative of an equation again. They will, however, have to interact, communicate, and understand people for their entire lives. Sharing life stories can become extremely relevant for students. They'll learn to get off their phones and start participating in the real world. As a result, the community will be a better place.
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