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“Hopeology”? Serious idea, goofy package

Post by Patrick O'Callahan on March 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm with 7 Comments »
March 12, 2010 5:41 pm

Since I came down pretty hard on Sen. Rosa Franklin a while back for wanting to sprinkle the term “kids at hope” throughout state law – thank goodness that bill died – I’ll offer reparations by giving some free pub to this $40 class at Kids at Hope University, whose graduates will receive a certificate in “hopeology.”

The ad:

All Caring Adults are invited to attend:
Module I Training – Certificate in Hopeology

4 hour introductory session – This training is an exciting experience exploring the science of hope, optimism and success and how it can be instilled in all children without exception. Exploring a cultural strategic framework and how an entire campus/organization/community can support the success of every child. Practical application of evidence based protocols in support of a child’s success is also discussed and operationalized. We answer the simple question “Why do some children succeed and others fail?”

Facilitated by Wally Endicott of Kids at Hope.
Tuesday April 6, 2010
(8 am – 12 pm)
Gary & Carol Milgard Family Hope Center
Chief Leschi Training B
10402 Kline Street SW
Lakewood, WA 98496

$40.00 Class Fee Includes:

Unleashing the Power of Kids at Hope training manual
Kids at Hope report Card
ACES; Lapel Pen
Certificate of “Hopeology”

Wally Endicott
Executive Director
Treasure Hunter*
Kids at Hope NW Region

*Treasure Hunter: A caring adult who searches beneath the surface to find all the talents, skills, and intelligence that exist in all children, NO EXCEPTIONS!

Office: (253) 502-4659

Wally Endicott, Rosa Franklin and the other good people behind this initiative really do make a serious point: Treat kids like losers, and they may wind up losers. Treat them like winners, and there’s a good chance they’ll wind up winners.

But the terminology – hopeology? treasure hunter? – makes it sound like the marketing director is a certain purple T-Rex named Barney.

Leave a comment Comments → 7
  1. Hoodsportwriter says:

    I hate to agree with you on anything but Rosa idea was really….well, how else can you say it…..Stupid!

  2. What is better? Kids who hope and believe they can succeed? That they can be somebody? Or shall we just have kids believe there is no hope and that they will be losers no matter what? The overall and consistant negativity about nearly everything that runs through these threads is enough to give a young person such a distorted view of life’s possibilities that they only look for two razor blades to cut their wrists!
    Is it because you, as adults, are disappointed and frustrated in your own lives? You haven’t obtained your dream? So you see lack of hope and vision and no possibility for gain or improvement and in your frustration and anger at yourself, wish to deny any joy or success, OR HOPE, TO ANYONE ELSE.

  3. ldozy1234 says:

    My issue is that by ANY label, it provides a safe depersonalization that enables lawmakers and our system to disassociate from the child them self.
    When lawmakers WANT public support for a program, they present the story of
    little “Johnny, Rachael, Mary, etc”, show their faces, give their name and their story.
    Why? Because it makes it personal, makes that child an individual, not a label or basic statistic.
    I’ve worked with kids in multitudes of situations, many tragic and heartbreaking. But I always saw when the story became to painful, our system stopped calling them by name and instead disassociated by using a label.
    I object to this program because of that. Because this same group of lawmakers never even bothered to meet with the kids groups, Youth Voice, etc. and asked the kids themselves what even this “hopeology” label meant to them. I can tell you most, especially the older kids would have been so much less kind then the comments made on these earlier articles. The kids are tired of the stupid labels- they have a right to their name and their life problems.
    Little Mary ” at risk” or “at hope” , either end of the PC verbiage crud is just a easy out for those who work, fund and legislate to disassociate. Labels make these kids less than real and take away so very much.

  4. What an incredible combination of psycho-babble buzzwords and BS. Kids will succeed when their parents are in: in the home, involved, and interested in what their kids are doing. To believe that you can teach hope and self-confidence though a work shop is to pursue a will-o-the-wisp. Self confidence and self esteem are built lowly and sometimes painfully from accomplishment, not from cheer leading.

  5. tubbythetuba says:

    What OldDave said. That’s it in a nutshell. All the PC labels in the world will not change one thing.

  6. Jesus, what a load a c–p !

    I would hope that our taxdollars are not being spent on this garbage !

    This and Rosa Franklin are the reason this State is known Nationally as a joke !

    From the same type of people that bring your the Washington State Prisons Hug-a-Thug Programs !

  7. It’s not a PC thing, it’s part of the positive thinking movement. I’m just as optimistic as the next person, but a good dose of skepticism is healthy.

    Check out “Bright Sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America” by Barbara Ehrenreich.

    Here’s a review:

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