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Thousands of students benefit from US 'Quiet Time' programmes
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14 July 2011
The David Lynch Foundation has provided scholarships for tens of thousands of students to learn the Transcendental Meditation Programme in 24 countries, including in schools, rescue centres, and orphanages all over North America, Latin America, Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.
In a 'Quiet Time' initiative in the United States, thousands of students and 150 teachers and administrators at several middle schools and high schools have learned the technique in the last four years. Top educators have also learned Transcendental Meditation, and many teachers have attended in-residence courses.
Research on the initiative has found an array of benefits; and there was a correlation between the regularity of meditation and the positive outcomes experienced by the students.
Researchers found a dramatic grade point average increase school-wide—the whole school performed better. They also found that attendance rose, and fewer students were suspended or dropped out—helping not only individual students, but also the school itself.
When students are absent, suspended, or drop out, schools don't receive funding, so it is important to help the children stay in school, commented a teacher of the Transcendental Meditation Programme.
A top education science journal in the US documented these changes—changes similar to those experienced by other schools utilizing Transcendental Meditation in the US and around the world.
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