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Europe's Most Innovative Universities - 2017
3 May 2017 - Europe's top tech hubs tend to radiate from massive capital cities like London, Berlin, and Paris. But the heart of European innovation isn't a major metropolis -- it's a small city in the Dutch-speaking region of Flanders. That's the conclusion of Reuters' second annual ranking of Europe's Most Innovative Universities, a list that identifies and ranks the educational institutions doing the most to advance science, invent new technologies, and help drive the global economy. (more)
Rosemary 'could help student's memories'
3 May 2017 - University researchers have suggested that the smell of rosemary could enhance memory. A study found that pupils working in a room with the aroma of rosemary, in the form of an essential oil, achieved 5 per cent to 7 per cent better results in memory tests. Mark Moss from Northumbria University said the findings were consistent with tests on adults. He said that rosemary had been associated with memory for hundreds of years. (more)
Hate mathematics? Eddie Woo's WooTube might just be what you are looking for to make maths fun
2 May 2017 - Not everyone is fond of Mathematics. But Eddie Woo, a teacher at the Sydney Cherrybrook Technology High School in Australia, might just change your opinion about the subject. WooTube, the brainchild of Woo, has over 45,000 subscribers and almost 4 million views and through the channel, the 31-year-old maths teacher intends to create an interest in the subject. (more)
Eddie Woo changing the face of mathematics teaching with online lessons and 'infectious enthusiasm' (+ video)
1 May 2017 - Eddie Woo is arguably the most famous teacher in Australia -- a maths teacher by day and an internet sensation by night. He started posting videos online in 2012 for a student who was sick ... and missing a lot of school. Other students in the class then wanted to watch Mr Woo's videos on his free YouTube channel and website, so he started sharing them across the country and beyond. WooTube now boasts more than 38,000 subscribers and has attracted almost 4 million views worldwide -- and counting. .... While Mr Woo is now on a mission to change the perception of maths, he did not always plan to become teacher, let alone a maths teacher. (more)
GREEN Tool offers evidence-based guidance for school garden success
20 April 2017 - Researchers [in the US] ... have come up with a planning tool that can help ensure school gardens thrive and endure. School gardens have a host of health and educational benefits, from getting kids to eat more fruits and vegetables to boosting academic achievement in science, math, and reading, the study team writes in Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (more)
2017 Pulitzer winners and finalists in journalism and arts
10 April 2017 - Considered the most distinguished awards in American journalism, the Pulitzers are handed out in 14 categories of reporting, photography, criticism, and commentary by newspapers, magazines, and websites. Arts prizes are awarded in seven categories, including fiction, drama, and music. This is the 101st year of the contest, established by newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer. Public service award winners receive a gold medal; the other awards carry a prize of $10,000 each. (more)
Indian govt ready to support Ghana develop technical, vocational sector
10 April 2017 - The Indian government says it is ready to support Ghana in developing the technical and vocational education sector. The Indian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr Birender Singh, said skills in technical and vocational education were what were needed to encourage the growth of the small and medium industries in the country. (more)
Namibia: Plastic-free environment campaign launched
30 March 2017 - The plastic-free environment campaign for Namibia is an initiative in partnership with the Namibian Chamber of Environment (NCE) and avid environmentalists led by Sophia Swartz (chairperson of the parliamentary standing committee on natural resources management), PDK (one of Namibia's top musical groups), Shakalela and The Dogg (musician and campaign awareness focal person). Through collaboration with relevant stakeholders, the campaign aims to discourage the use of plastic bags by developing mind changing educational strategies and to stimulate discussions around enacting legislation for a plastic-free Namibia. (more)
Cities and monuments switch off for Earth Hour
26 March 2017 - The Empire State Building and United Nations headquarters in New York joined other iconic buildings and monuments around the world plunging into darkness for sixty minutes on Saturday to mark Earth Hour and draw attention to climate change. The Eiffel Tower, the Kremlin, the Acropolis in Athens and Sydney's Opera House also dimmed their lights as millions of people from some 170 countries and territories were expected to take part in Earth Hour, the annual bid to highlight global warming caused by the burning of coal, oil and gas to drive cars and power plants. The event, which originated in Sydney, has grown to become a worldwide environmental campaign, celebrated across all continents. (more)
'When I meet God, I must be able to sign my name': India's school for older women
7 March 2017 - A Maharashtra village is giving women denied childhood education a chance to finally catch up on schooling, in a country where female illiteracy is high. Aged 65, Gangubai is learning to read for the first time. She is one of 28 women in the village of Phangne in Maharashtra, western India, who have started attending the aajibaichi shala, the 'school for grandmothers'. Every day, between 2pm and 4pm, the aajis, or grandmothers, of Phangne meet in a colourful bamboo hut, uniformed in pink saris and holding schoolbags. For the aajis, the school is a last chance to learn to read and write. 'I go to school with joy,' says Gangubai. (more)
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South Africa: 58 Maharishi Institute students to graduate with MUM degrees
19 May 2017 - Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa, recently held ceremonies for their graduating students, with 58 expected to earn bachelor's degrees in business from Maharishi University of Management in the USA, by the MUM graduation in June - bringing the total number of MUM degrees awarded to MI students to 235. Students at MI enrol in MUM courses during their third and fourth years of undergraduate work, receiving live lectures from MUM faculty via the Internet. 'We are deeply grateful to the wonderful and dedicated faculty of MUM,' said Taddy Blecher, CEO of Maharishi Institute. 'They have given our students knowledge for a lifetime of success, through the profound system of Consciousness-Based Education.' (more)
US: Maharishi School student wins top awards at Iowa state science fairs
10 May 2017 - Pranav Chhalliyil has attended Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, since kindergarten. Curious about the science behind dental hygiene, he designed a series of experiments with subjects from an Indian school he volunteers at each summer. Now in his fourth year of study about the oral microbiome and low-cost techniques for improving oral health, Pranav's sustained work and creativity have brought him increasing state and national recognition. He won the 2017 Iowa BioGENEius Challenge at the 60th Iowa State Science and Technology Fair, and a paid trip to the International BioGENEius Challenge at the BIO International Convention in June in San Diego. A finalist at the Eastern Iowa Science and Engineering Fair (EISEF) 2017, Pranav also looks forward to his fourth paid trip to the INTEL International Science and Engineering Fair in Los Angeles this month - the world's largest international pre-college science competition. (more)
Gabriela Canepa: 'Transcendental Meditation helped me be clear in my objectives'
3 May 2017 - Gabriela Canepa credits Transcendental Meditation (TM) with helping her to stay balanced despite her busy and stressful life. Writer Linda Egenes relates how Gabriela pursued a lifelong passion to help the poorest of women thrive - not only in her birth city of Lima, Peru, but in her adopted city of Boston, Mass. In Peru Gabriela was among the first in the 1970s to help the poorest women gain access to micro loans and manage their loans, assets, and businesses. In 1988 she was offered a fellowship to pursue a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. She later implemented leadership training and other programmes for low-income Latina immigrant women in the area. 'These marginalized people were able to insert themselves into the socio-economic stream of the country, to gain access to money, to create jobs and provide better opportunities for their children,' Gabriela says. She adds, 'I feel as women we face more obstacles than men, yet we can get back our power and we can do it through TM. Meditation helped me to be clear in my objectives and gather the strength, the force I needed to move forward in whatever I wanted to do.' (more)
Maharishi University of Management MBA students finish in top 1 per cent in worldwide business simulation
10 March 2017 - A team of MBA accounting students at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA recently finished in the 99th percentile in an online business simulation that involved 1,136 master's-degree-level teams worldwide. This is the 4th time MUM MBA students finished in the top percentile at Capsim Management Simulations since they began competing in 2011. The students managed both short-term and long-term metrics across eight rounds of decision-making, with each round representing one year. This entailed using their knowledge of marketing, finance, operations, human resources, accounting, problem-solving, and data analysis. MUM professor Andrew Bargerstock said, 'As faculty in the business college, we feel that the simulation results demonstrate the readiness of our students for job markets now and ultimately for executive leadership positions.' (more)
Prince Charles' initiatives in holistic education: Parallels with Consciousness-Based Education
2 December 2016 - In Part 2 of this series, Ann Purcell explores initiatives by Prince Charles of the UK in holistic education, highlighting parallels to the system of Consciousness-Based Education founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. In his book Harmony: A New Way of Looking at Our World, Prince Charles describes major historical shifts in human thought over the past centuries through which 'nature was understood as being outside of us, something we could conquer and control. Education began to reflect this separation and focused on separate bits of information rather than on connections.' The prince has sought to promote 'a return to holistic education' through establishing innovative educational institutes where children can connect conventional academic subjects with universal patterns in nature, including within their own physiology. In Consciousness-Based Education institutions such as Maharishi University of Management, Ms Purcell writes, 'students learn the universal principles of intelligence that are prevalent in every field of study and discover that all knowledge emerges from the unified field of consciousness' which they experience directly through the practice of Transcendental Meditation. 'Reconnecting students to their own inner harmony and to the interconnectedness of all fields of knowledge', she says, 'is an essential and timely step to meeting the urgent needs of our precarious times.' (more)
South Africa: Maharishi Invincibility Institute students create the Maharishi Effect in Johannesburg
1 December 2016 - The number of students practising an advanced programme of Transcendental Meditation at Maharishi Invincibility Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa has exceeded the threshold predicted to improve the quality of life in the city. Recently 170 students took a course to learn the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme, and now more than 315 are practising these peace-creating technologies of consciousness together daily. That is the number determined by scientists that will create the Maharishi Effect of increased positive social trends in Johannesburg, which has a population of just under 4.5 million. Published research in other major cities has found that when this threshold formula is reached, a measurable effect of increased coherence and decreased social stress and violence is produced. Maharishi Institute CEO Taddy Blecher credits this Maharishi Effect with reducing the crime rate in Johannesburg, which recent public data has shown is no longer in the top 50 crime-ridden cities in the world. (more)
US: Maharishi University of Management - Chinese delegations continue to visit campus
30 November 2016 - China's interest in Maharishi University of Management continues, with two delegations visiting the campus in Iowa, USA recently, including entrepreneurs, artists, and journalists. A business conglomerate covering real estate, urban development, schools, greenhouses and agriculture sent a 12-member delegation in late October. The chairman is 'very interested in what we have done and achieved as a university and as a Transcendental Meditation organization,' said Zhu Yunxiang, MUM vice president of Asia Expansion. Later, a second delegation included a group of 25 Chinese artists, organizers, and journalists representing the Chinese Xinhua News Agency, the Beijing Daily Group, and the Beijing TV station. The goal of the Chinese delegations is to introduce the beauty of the Chinese cultural heritage and promote understanding and friendship between the two countries. (more)
Consciousness and sustainability
29 November 2016 - Niloofar Mofrad grew up in Iran and learned Transcendental Meditation at the age of 15. She soon found out about Maharishi University of Management in the USA, and became fascinated with the idea of attending a school where students focus on the growth of their consciousness along with academic subjects. During her studies in sustainable living at MUM, Niloofar became interested in the philosophy of sustainability and its implications for ecological and social transformation. To combine that with her interest in Maharishi Vedic Science, she decided to graduate with an individualized major in sustainability and consciousness. 'Niloofar is a deep thinker,' said one of her faculty at MUM. 'She has had the great insight that consciousness is primary in all areas of life, and that it contains the critical solutions for creating a sustainable world.' (more)
Interview: Maharishi University of Management's online programme fulfils student's life-long dream
17 November 2016 - Susi Halley's life-long dream was to study at Maharishi University of Management. An email from MUM describing an online master's programme in Maharishi Vedic Science that was 'available to anyone anywhere' was 'the perfect opportunity and perfect subject matter', she says. 'For anyone who thirsts for knowledge and the highest experience of learning, MVS online is the programme.' Practising Transcendental Meditation has helped Susi academically, giving her the ability 'to comprehend and absorb knowledge effortlessly'. Another unexpected benefit is 'the close-knit community that has developed among the students. Even though we are situated all over the world, we get to know each other through the forums and webinars. . . . everyone has a unique perspective.' (more)
Maharishi University of Management's Sustainable Living Center outperforms expectations
1 November 2016 - The Sustainable Living Center at Maharishi University of Management in Iowa, USA, has caught the attention of an organization called Getting to Net Zero, which keeps track of ultra-efficient buildings and their energy usage. According to their calculations, the Center's net Energy Use Intensity (EUI) was -0.5 in 2015, indicating that the building produced five per cent more energy than it used. Net zero energy is a sought-after goal for many buildings in the world that rely on exceptional energy conservation and on-site renewable generation to meet all of their heating, cooling, and electricity needs. 'There are very few buildings in the world that can say they are net zero, and most of those are in climates that are far less demanding than ours,' said Dr David Fisher, Chair of the Department of Sustainable Living at MUM. (more)
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UK: Children struggling to concentrate at school due to lack of sleep, MPs told
29 March 2017 - Sleep deprivation is a growing problem in schools, with pupils struggling to concentrate in lessons due to lack of sleep, MPs [Members of Parliament] have been told. Doctors have previously reported a dramatic increase in children with sleep disorders; NHS [National Health Service] data shows hospital attendances in England for under-14s have risen from almost 3,000 in 2005-06 to more than 8,000 in 2015-16. (more)
In Macedonia's fake news hub, teen shows AP how it's done
2 December 2016 - On the second floor of a noisy sports center in the Macedonian town of Veles, a teenage purveyor of fake news cracked open his laptop and laid out his case for why lying is more lucrative than the truth. Real news gets reported everywhere, he argued. Made-up stories are unique. 'The fake news is the good news,' the 18-year-old said, pointing to a graph showing his audience figures, which reached into the hundreds of thousands, a bling watch clasped firmly around his wrist. 'A fake news article is way more opened than any other.' (more)
Australia: How the education system is making kids stressed and sick
16 July 2016 - Thanks in part to an education system now obsessed with a narrow definition of success, a disturbing number of young Australians suffer from depression and anxiety. Her daughter's struggles led Lucy Clark, a journalist with Guardian Australia, to ask questions about what is going so wrong with education in Australia that 26 per cent of children drop out of school, and many others lament losing their adolescence to stress and mental illness. (more)
Kids, teachers ditch school as crisis engulfs Venezuela
16 June 2016 - Education is no longer a priority for many poor and middle-class Venezuelans who are swept up in the all-consuming quest for food amid a wave of looting and riots. Frequent power and water cuts are disrupting classes, and schools have been closed on Fridays for about the last two months. Venezuela has released little hard data in recent times and does not participate in the globally recognized Program in International Student Assessment tests, so it is hard to gauge the state of education with statistical precision. (more)
US: Why didn't an Illinois professor have to disclose GMO funding?
15 March 2016 - A University of Illinois professor was given more than $57,000 over less than two years from GMO maker Monsanto to travel, write, and speak about genetically modified organisms -- including lobbying federal officials to halt further regulation on GMO products. Professor Bruce Chassy did not disclose his financial relationship with Monsanto on state or university forms aimed at detecting potential conflicts of interest. Documents further show that Chassy and the university directed Monsanto to deposit the payments through the University of Illinois Foundation, a body whose records are shielded from public scrutiny. The foundation also has the ability to take in private money and disburse it to an individual as a 'university payment' -- exempt from disclosure. As US senators consider two bills on GMO labeling this week, they'll weigh the value of expert advice. But recent cases involving Chassy and other industry-funded scholars, including one who accepted money from GMO opponents, raise questions about how neutral that expert advice may be. (more)
US: Sometimes 'poor little rich kids' really are poor little rich kids
5 January 2016 - The 'affluenza' defense of Ethan Couch, a 16-year-old Texas boy who killed four pedestrians while driving drunk, has received a great deal of ridicule, much of it justified. That said, it would be foolish to allow an absurd effort to minimize one teenager's responsibility for a horrific tragedy to obscure growing evidence that we have a significant and growing crisis on our hands. The children of the affluent are becoming increasingly troubled, reckless, and self-destructive. Perhaps we needn't feel sorry for these 'poor little rich kids.' But if we don't do something about their problems, they will become everyone's problems. (more)
Boko Haram violence forces 1 million children from school
22 December 2015 - Attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria and neighboring countries have forced more than 1 million children out of school, heightening the risk they will be abused, abducted, or recruited by armed groups, the United Nations children's agency said Tuesday. The conflict has forced more than 2,000 schools to close in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger, the agency said. Insecurity also prevents teachers from going back to classes, the agency said. About 600 teachers have been killed during Boko Haram's six-year insurgency, it said. (more)
A multigenerational hit: US student debt traps parents and kids
5 October 2015 - America's crushing surge of student debt, now at $1.2 trillion, has bred a disturbing new phenomenon: School loans that span multiple generations within families. Weighed down by their own loans, many parents lack the means to fund their children's educations without sinking even deeper into debt. Data analyzed exclusively by The Associated Press, along with surveys about families and rising student debt loads, show that: (more)
US: How surging student debt is affecting borrowers' lives
5 October 2015 - America's $1.2 trillion in student debt is having consequences in far-reaching ways. Three trends show how the pressures from student debt are compounding: Falling incomes, more borrowing, and less spending elsewhere. The latter can slow the economy because consumer spending drives about 70 percent of U.S. economic activity. (more)
Effect of poverty on brains may explain poor kids' lower test scores
20 July 2015 - The effect of poverty on children's brains may explain why poor youngsters tend to score lower on standardized tests compared to wealthier students, a new US study suggests. 'What was already discovered is there is an achievement gap between poor children and middle-class children,' the study's senior author Seth Pollak told Reuters Health. 'Even when they move to better neighborhoods, children growing up in poor families tend to do less well in school than their less poor counterparts.' What's more, researchers have found in recent years that poverty is linked to worse brain development, said Pollak. (more)
Global Good News reviews Consciousness-Based Education
The importance of education cannot be overestimated. Our schools have the responsibility to develop the most important
natural resource of a nation—the intelligence and creativity of our youth.
Global Good News highlights for students, their families, and teachers the benefits of
Founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi,
Consciousness-Based Education enables any school to fulfill their responsibility by systematically developing the latent creativity
and intelligence of students and teachers, so that irrespective of educational or socio-economic background, they experience improved
academic performance, reduced stress, and antisocial behavior. They can increase their creativity and intelligence, and unfold their
One of the current issues in education is the rise of
classroom stress, which fuels widespread problems in education, including poor academic achievement,
anxiety, depression, school violence, and teacher burnout.
For the prevention of school violence—to help neutralize the stress that is a root cause of it,
and one of the most intractable education issues—many schools are establishing a 'Quiet Time' period
at the start and end of each school day-two 10- to 15-minute sessions when students sit quietly to rest and/or read silently.
Increasingly, during these Quiet-Time periods, schools are offering their students and teachers the opportunity
to learn and practice Transcendental Meditation, a simple,
scientifically proven technique for reducing stress, improving health, and developing an individual's full creative potential.
More than 600
scientific research studies on this programme, have shown that the daily experience of the state of restful alertness
experienced during Transcendental Meditation leads to improved learning ability, higher IQ, better moral reasoning, more
efficient brain functioning.
Students with learning disabilities such as ADHD have greatly
benefitted from this practice.
Transcendental Meditation and the
Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme are the key technologies of
Consciousness-Based Education, which adds study and research in consciousness—the inner intelligence of the student—without
making extensive changes to the existing curriculum or schedule.
The US Committee for Stress-Free Schools
was established in 2005 in partnership with the David Lynch Foundation
for Consciousness-Based Education to bring the Quiet Time/Transcendental Meditation programme to students and teachers in public,
charter, and private schools throughout the United States.
Maharishi Schools now exist in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Netherlands, Mexico, India, and China.
This programme has also been successfully introduced in existing schools in Latin America and in the United States.
For the last three years the David Lynch Foundation has been
funding schools and students who wish to participate in Consciousness-Based Education: over 100,000 students in schools around the
world have been instructed in Transcendental Meditation.
A campaign to teach one million at-risk children world-wide was launched by the David Lynch Foundation in New York in April 2009.
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