This was a great article I read today, regarding the importance of social and emotional literacy in schools:
It basically argues that teaching emotional skills, as early as preschool and kindergarten, is as important as learning to read and write. If children have the skills to deal with their emotional development, it is proven that they will be more successful later in life. It argues, that although these teachings are expensive for schools, it is a lot more cheaper than dealing with mental health problems or substance abuse later in their years. Basically having curriculum like this is preventative and in the long run will save money.
I think with the prevalence of bullying these days, more needs to be done in the schools to prevent some of the awful situations. Bullying seems to be happening on school grounds and if the entire community is taught how to handle difficult situations, there could be less of these circumstances.