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Transcendental Meditation introduced in schools in England
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7 April 2008
During a recent Maharishi Global Family Chat, Raja Peter Warburton, Raja of England for the Global Country of World Peace, spoke about schools in England that are introducing Transcendental Meditation.
'This is quite a breakthrough for the country,' said Raja Peter, 'because for years we were approaching schools and suggesting that they introduce Transcendental Meditation. They always said students can have it as an extracurricular activity: there can be a club for those who want to learn Transcendental Meditation'; but until now no school had incorporated the practice as part of the school curriculum.
Previously the government supported introducing Transcendental Meditation, Raja Peter explained, but it had to be at the discretion of the schools, and in state schools there were barriers to adjusting the existing curriculum. But now there are 12 schools at various stages of introducing Transcendental Meditation and Consciousness-Based Education—and the majority of them are state schools.
Raja Peter read three quotations from the Head Teacher at a school in Greater Manchester. It had been a 'failing school' and is now an outstanding example of how to turn around a failing school and make it a success.
Every state and private school in Britain has to have regular government inspections. The Head Teacher of this school said that they had an outstanding government report, but they didn't know where they could go from here. 'Now that we have learned the Transcendental Meditation Technique we know that this is it. This is the way forward for us,' she said.
This Head Teacher reported that after learning Transcendental Meditation she was going around all day feeling happy, and it wasn't attached to anyone or anything. 'It's simply amazing to be feeling this kind of result so soon,' she said. Parents have been coming up to her and other teachers, asking how soon they can learn.
There are four schools in the area that are watching closely the programme at this school to see how it goes, with a view to introducing it themselves. 'I think this is how it is going to spread; it spreads from one school to another,' Raja Peter said.
A community state school in Derbyshire
Raja Peter then spoke about a community state school in Derbyshire that has 1,166 students aged between 11 and 16, and has a specialty in teaching maths and computer science.
Eight teachers and 20 pupils will be the first class to learn. This will be like a pilot project in that school, and the school is already convinced about the benefits: looking forward to the pilot project, and 'wanting to roll it out from there as quickly as possible'.
A secondary school in London
At a secondary school in London with 1,700 pupils, many of the teachers will be learning, and group of 20 to 30 pupils will learn at the same time.
'So the schools are starting with one class, but we're hopeful from experience that it will grow very quickly,' said Raja Peter. 'This is a very promising thing for invincibility for the nation, because all of the schools know it starts with Transcendental Meditation and it goes on eventually to Yogic Flying and creation of the Yogic Flying group.'
A school in northeast London
A school in northeast London has associated with it an education centre designed to give pupils information they might need about health or learning issues.
This health and education institution is starting a project to introduce Transcendental Meditation to pupils, because it is felt to be the most valuable thing the institution can offer to pupils of the school.
A special needs school in Liverpool
At a special needs school in Liverpool, the Head Teacher is very keen to have a project in the school. He and another teacher from the school are visiting the Maharishi School in Skelmersdale with a view to introducing a programme in their school in Liverpool.
Multicultural school in East London
Presentations are also being made at a multicultural school in East London with 500 students.
In the coming days Global Good News will feature an article about Transcendental Meditation in schools in Scotland.
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