Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Reply in NY Times about TOOLS OF THE MIND

This reply was recently published in the NY TImes concerning an article in the Sunday Times about "Tools of the Mind." In the article, the author- Paul Tough- made an error concerning the research base for Tools of the Mind. To read the entire, original article-please point your browser HERE.  -Dr. Petrosino 


The Make-Believe Solution

In his article on preschool and play, Paul Tough writes that “there are not yet firm experimental data that prove that Tools of the Mind works.” While no single study can hope to be definitive, our team at Rutgers published a randomized trial of Tools of the Mind that finds this curriculum substantially reduces behavior problems. Other studies find long-term decreases in delinquency and crime from curriculums with similar features, like daily planning and review. We don’t need to choose between play and academics or socialization and cognitive development; good curriculums provide both.

Co-director, National Institute for Early Education Research
Rutgers University
New Brunswick, N.J.

Tools of the Mind is part of the PRE-K/K curriculum for children in a number of districts in the NY/NJ area, including the Hoboken Public School system. 

Picture: Gillian Laub for The New York Times