Compulsory education laws require children to attend a public, private or organized home school for a certain period of time. Virtually all states have mandates for when children must begin school and how long they must attend.
Formal education is mandatory.
Why isn't emotional education?
Cognitive knowledge is required to make sure young adults are prepared to enter the world with a basic set of skills (reading and writing) to become productive members of society. Yet there is no requirement to develop, by some estimates, up to 90% of the skills necessary to thrive in life. Taking steps to develop emotional intelligence in teenagers will benefit them now and for the rest of their lives.
Even by the most conservative metrics, more than half of the skills required to succeed in life fall outside traditional education. For the most part, development of intrapersonal, interpersonal, and adaptability skills happen without structure, and by trial and error.
We hope they get it right.
"People are selected and promoted based on technical and intellectual abilities and fail for emotional abilities." - Daniel Goleman