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I have to applaud programs like Tools of the Mind for our early-childhood classrooms and OneGoal for our older students, for taking a more holistic approach (I think "holistic" is the fad trend word nowadays) to learning. As I mentioned in our first discussion topic, I don't see that standardized testing (which encompasses "teaching to the test") prepares a student for life.  

From my reading and experience, it seems that any program or teacher that focuses on individual students will increase the chances for success. However, preparing for college should not be the ultimate goal -- college is a stepping stone to gainful employment and making good life choices.  I totally agree with cschneider (response #12) especially the statement that ". . . our end goal in education should be to not have a need for a program like OneGoal because we implemented a program like Tools of the Mind."  I'm amazed at the number of young adults who come to me without basic time management and organizational skills.  They need guidance and mentoring that they, unfortunately, did not get at home.  This is where Tools of the Mind can make a huge difference!

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Reply with quote  #17 
Any program that focuses individual attention on a student in the form of caring, helping, mentoring, guiding, cheerleading, and loving attention (in other words, parenting) will definitely be effective in growing a child into a productive and responsible adult.  Therefore, I believe that Tools of the Mind is the more effective program since it begins early in a child's life.  I am heartened to read that it is never too late to reach a child, and that middle school seems to be the crucial years for such later intervention.  However, negative habits have been formed by then and the task of "parenting" the students by the educators is even more challenging.  My thoughts keep returning to the study presented in the book that involved the mother mice who calmed the stress levels in their pups.  Such parenting had a direct physiological impact on the emotional, social, and mental development of the pups and enabled them to be more calm, social, curious, and healthy.  I feel that Tools of the Mind best addresses this area of need, but until we, as a society and culture, address the many parenting issues through proper mental health care, we are simply treading water in the ocean of our nation's future.

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Programs like One Goal and Tools of the Mind appear to be effective.  My opinion of these types of programs is that are effective if there are dedicated teachers that buy into the particular program they are trying to use.  I believe it is difficult for any program to be successful if the teachers do not believe it will work.  Without their belief, they themselves will not be motivated and that will trickle down to the students that will also then remain unmotivated.  I do believe that there is a hidden success to these programs which is parental and community support.  Too many times I find that we try new programs but do not always have all the resources or receive adequate and correct training on how to implement the program effectively.


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Reply with quote  #19 

Some information that is taught in schools isn’t used in the real world. How many times have you had to use the Pythagorean Theorem at work or in the grocery store?  Largely in part success in life depends on skills that one acquire that are not academic skills (i.e. persistence, self-worth, self-control, impulsiveness, respect and so much more).

I believe programs like the OneGoal Program can be effective in helping low performing, low income, unmotivated, and hopeless a sense of belonging and can ultimately change the course of their lives for the better.

It is my thinking that programs like this is successful because students work with educators that have time, patience, empathy and understanding when working with students from these sort of backgrounds. Often time’s educators do not have time or even understand where these students are coming from. Is it possible that a teacher that come from a rich background with both loving parents in the house completely understand or empathize with someone that have one parent in the home working two jobs or strung out on drugs? I am not saying that there are not any compassionate educators out there but I am saying that these students do need more than our average child sitting in the classroom. 


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Reply with quote  #20 
On page 175 (chapter 4, section 8 "Closing the Gap"), Nelson states that the OneGoal program "...regularly turns underperforming, undermotivated, low-income teenagers into successful college students." 
What are your thoughts on programs like OneGoal and Tools of the Mind? Do you feel they are effective? Why or why not? 

I think that programs like OneGoal and Tools of the Mind are effective because they have children who want to be there and have teachers that are very dedicated and really want to see them succeed. It is easy for them to be effective because they are a controlled population and I would be curious to see how there program could work on non selected, non dedicated students that come from low-income. 

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Reply with quote  #21 
I think the program does help students become more prepared.  I don't think it's perfect, but is better than not intervening at all.  Students need to have someone to help them gain the tools they need to be successful in life.  That should be the parents' job...but as long as society has kids growing up without parents to teach and instill those sorts of things in their kids, we need to have teachers do it.  Time will tell how successful the program is in the longterm.

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Reply with quote  #22 
Programs like One Goal and Tools of the Mind do appear to be effective. They clearly have had some significant success. Not all programs are going to work for all students, but I think that if a program helps even a fraction of students succeed who otherwise would not, then it's a worthwhile program. The traditional schools focus on preparing students academically, but there should be more programs like One Goal that move beyond academics, focusing on character strengths that give some students the skills they need to succeed.

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Reply with quote  #23 
I think programs like OneGoal are a great way to give kids in poor, low-performing schools a chance at college.  The sad part is that only a handful of kids can get into these programs.  There are so many kids that will never get a chance, to not only go to college, but to learn basic skills that should be taught at every school in the US.  No child should be 3-4 grade levels behind and still move on.  I don't know what the answer is, but our public schools should be providing the same opportunities to all students.
Chellie Nelson

Posts: 38
Reply with quote  #24 
I think programs of this type are Liberal efforts.  "Goal One" and "Tools of the Mind" are educational reform tools. 

An exampled low performing student ended up making an A and B's, and 84% of the students were successfully enrolled in college.  Only 5% dropped out of college.  The goal was reached - the intent was to ready students likely to drop out of high school for college.

Yes, I think these programs are effective in a combat against poverty.  I'm sure that these student's  were exposed to a better outlook on life.
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