from Inside School Research - Education Week by Sarah D. Sparks
Tools of the Mind Shows Lackluster Results in Experimental Trials
Tools of the Mind, an early- childhood education curriculum, has drawn a lot of attention in recent years for its potential to increase young students' ability to self-regulate. Yet new research suggests the play-based program may be no better than traditional early education at improving self-control or later school readiness.
...Tools is certainly an intriguing concept: Children role play in different scenarios based on their own written "play plans," to increase their patience, focus and self-control.
Ultimately, the experimental studies found few to no benefits for the program...