Editor's Note: Think you're smart? That depends on what it means to be smart. And how do you become smart – if you're not there yet? This week, in our special series "Are You Smart?" our Alina Cho takes an in-depth look at all aspects of intelligence. Tomorrow on American Morning, colleges are now accepting YouTube videos instead of written essays from applicants, leaving some to wonder if this is an accurate way to measure a student's worth.
By Alina Cho, CNN
(CNN) – We've all heard about IQ: your intelligence quotient. What about EQ: your emotional quotient?
A lot of smart minds are calling emotional intelligence the “other smart.” It’s supposedly so important to success that kids are being taught in schools how to be emotionally smart.
It’s part of the curriculum at Clarendon Hills Middle School near Chicago, where students participate in an exercise in boosting self-esteem.
"It's a different kind of enjoyment than a subject, it's more like a spirit-lifter and it makes you feel good inside," says Kevin, a student.
But what does that have to do with being smart?
“I think it's a horrible idea,” says Ashley Merryman, author of "Nurtureshock." “Do you get graded then for being angry? What does that mean in terms of real life?"
"Emotional intelligence is a different way of being smart and one of the things that we found in research is that children who manage themselves, who can set goals, who are good problem solvers, do better in life," says Roger Weissberg.
Weissberg is a professor of psychology at the University of Illinois and the man behind the groundbreaking research on which the best-selling book "Emotional Intelligence" is based.
The concept: EQ is just as important as IQ.
(CNN) – A new investigation is raising some red flags over the safety of the airbags in newer cars. It's a story you're going to want to hear before you get behind the wheel again. Our Allan Chernoff has the CNN exclusive report.
(CNN) – President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will meet face-to-face tonight in Washington.
They'll be trying to repair what some are calling the most serious crisis between the two countries in decades. Netanyahu continues to make the case that Israel has a right to develop disputed land in east Jerusalem.
The former U.S. ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, joined us on Tuesday's American Morning. He's also director of the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution.
(CNN) – Heath care reform means different things for different people. Everyone is wondering what's next even if you already have a job and already have insurance.
Our Dr. Sanjay Gupta joined us on Tuesday's American Morning to sort everything out for you.
(CNN) – The health care reform bill is passed and about to be signed, but truth be told the fight is far from over.
Three dozen states are preparing to challenge various provisions of the reform bill. Some plan to file lawsuits, claiming the bill violates the U.S. Constitution. Our Jim Acosta has that part of the story.