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Russell Simmons visits the 'Quiet Time' programme in a Washington, DC school
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17 May 2010
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The article features a blog post by Mr Simmons, world-renowned entrepreneur and philanthropist, describing his 'blissful experience' during a recent visit to the Ideal Academy Public Charter School (K-12) in downtown Washington, DC, USA.
While at the school, he practised the Transcendental Meditation Technique with 150 students participating in the school's Quiet Time programme, one of many such programmes across the nation. The programme consists of 'two 10- to 15-minute blocks at the beginning and end of each school day for kids to settle down into their own quietness—as a preparation to learn,' Mr Simmons writes.
'During Quiet Time,' he continues, 'like a miracle, the frenzy at schools stops. At Ideal Academy, you can walk the halls and hear a pin drop. Quiet Time is mandatory at Ideal, but what a student does is voluntary. A student can read silently or just sit still, but most everyone chooses to meditate—to practice Transcendental Meditation.'
After Quiet Time, 'teachers say their students are more alert and engaged. Parents say their kids are easier to get along with at home. And students say they feel less anger, less stressed, even happier.' Mr Simmons strongly encourages schools everywhere to implement the programme—'a safe antidote . . . that we know can prevent the terrible stresses that destroy the lives of millions of kids and their families.'
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