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US: Rural schools unite to make college the rule, rather than the exception
16 November 2017 - Cooperation among sparsely populated districts in Ohio fuels a successful -- and necessary -- push for college in a place where manufacturing jobs have disappeared. Turning around struggling high schools is the toughest work in education reform. Research found that a $3.5 billion federal program meant to fix the nation's lowest performing schools - which focused disproportionately on high schools - did little to improve student achievement. In this three-part series, The Hechinger Report is visiting high schools that have beaten the long odds to learn what's behind their success in improving graduation rates and sending more students to college. (more)
US: Boston College announces $150M expansion in the sciences
3 November 2017 - Boston College is betting big on the sciences. The private Jesuit school, better known for its philosophy and economics programs, unveiled plans Friday for a $150 million science facility that will bring a new engineering major to campus. The crowning jewel of the 150,000-square-foot (13,935-square-meter) facility will be a new integrated science institute named after Apple executive Phil Schiller and his wife, Kim Gassett-Schiller, who donated $25 million for the project. Schiller, a 1982 graduate of the school, said the institute aims to give scholars from the humanities and the sciences a place to team up on major global problems. (more)
US: Oklahoma State University physicists awarded $1.2 million grant
6 October 2017 - The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded more than $1.2 million to Oklahoma State University physicists to conduct fundamental research in elementary particle physics. ...The research focuses on theories leading to new discoveries that could be made at the Large Hadron Collider, which is the world's largest and most powerful particle accelerator. The grant will also support work on the Deep Underground Neutrino Experiment. (more)
US: How organic farmers are 'Gaining Ground'
29 September 2017 - Farming in and of itself is a risky profession. 'Gaining Ground' tells the stories of three farmers -- two from rural Oregon and one from Richmond, California -- who take additional risks to transition away from conventional, commodity farming to grow organic food. 'I've never been comfortable growing lawns and golf courses when there's a worldwide food shortage,' says Willow Coberly at the beginning of the new documentary 'Gaining Ground.' Willow is married to Harry Stalford, a grass-seed farmer from Oregon's Willamette Valley who, at the start of the film, is as conventional as they come. His transformation into a champion of organic wheat, thanks to his wife's prodding and persistence, is the moral heart of this stirring film. (more)
US: Tucson's seed library fosters food sovereignty in a desert
22 September 2017 - In front of the Joel D. Valdez Main Library in Tucson, Arizona, patrons can claim round concrete landscaping beds for free and create their own gardens with seeds from the library's seed collection. The idea for a seed library came from sellers at a local farmers' market; librarians quickly realized they already had the infrastructure in place. What's more, Tucson is home to Native Seeds/SEARCH, a globally known regional seed saving organization that specializes in conserving and sharing desert-adapted landraces. (more)
Canada: Green-roofed Albion Library in Toronto feels like an extension of your living room
1 September 2017 - It's no surprise that the Albion Public Library is one of the busiest libraries in Toronto -- its welcoming and light-filled atmosphere makes it feel like an extension of a cozy living room. Perkins plus Will completed the new 29,000-square-foot library to serve the city's Rexdale neighbourhood, a diverse community with many immigrant families. The new building also incorporates innovative sustainable principles and includes a sloped green roof, energy-saving technologies, and stormwater management strategies. (more)
US: Rhode Island just made community college free
4 August 2017 - Rhode Island just became the fourth state in the nation to make community college free, following examples in New York, Oregon, and Tennessee. They must maintain a 2.5 GPA in college while remaining enrolled full-time. Those who take advantage of the scholarships are also required to live, work, or continue their education in Rhode Island after graduation. The specifics of this policy will be developed by the college, according to the legislation. New York has a similar requirement. (more)
US: Students bloom through Green Thumb Initiative
22 July 2017 - A [Rochester, Minnesota] school program is sowing seeds of education outside the classroom. The Green Thumb Initiative, a Rochester Alternative Learning Center program, is teaching students real-world skills through gardening, grant writing and beekeeping. Program coordinators say the work encourages leadership and prepares students for life after graduation. The program was founded ... in 2015, and offers English and science credit to those participating in the course during the school year, the Post-Bulletin reports. Students hone their English skills by writing grant proposals for program funding. (more)
Tips for taking better photos of your garden and wildlife
12 July 2017 - It's so easy these days to pull out a phone and take pictures of anything anytime, but a little time and thought can produce better garden and wildlife photos. 'There's a big difference between that for-the-record shot that preserves a memory and getting a really nice image,' says Brenda Tharp, author of the new book 'Expressive Nature Photography' (The Monacelli Press). [In this article The Associated Press gives] some tips from Tharp and other nature photographers: (more)
Struggling Moroccan youth find hope in cooking school
7 July 2017 - A retired French chef is working to solve Morocco's youth unemployment crisis. Robert Labat, a former chef, is founder of Agape, an informal cooking school. The goal of the non-profit program is to train students for the work force, and its graduates are already finding solid work in Moroccan restaurants. (more)
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US: Maharishi University of Management's online MBA in Sustainable Business rated #5 in nation
9 December 2017 - Maharishi University of Management's online MBA in Sustainable Business is ranked #5 on MBA Central's 2017 list of 'The 10 Best Online Sustainability MBAs'. 'An MBA in Sustainability is more valuable than ever,' MBA Central reports. 'We selected ten great MBA programmes that are flexible, affordable, and of high academic caliber. . . . [these] top 10 MBA programmes in sustainability are paving the way for a greener future.' The MUM listing highlights Consciousness-Based Education, including the Transcendental Meditation technique, as part of the university's educational approach, which recognizes 'the consciousness within the individual as a source for learning'. (more)
Striving for leadership
29 November 2017 - For thinking outside the box in her job as an insurance executive in Florida, USA, Maharishi University of Management MBA alumna Abha Bhandair was nominated to speak at the Women in Leadership conference at Bowling Green State University in Perrysburg, Ohio, last October. She also received a Distinguished Presenter Award at the Brown and Brown Senior Financial Leadership Presentation meeting. She says, 'I enjoy challenges in my career, and I enjoy conquering those challenges.' (more)
Transcendental Meditation Club to relieve college stress
27 November 2017 - When students are faced with multiple midterms in the same week, it is easy to stress out and lose focus. However, the Transcendental Meditation Club at the University of Illinois, USA, is providing students with ways to relax. Student officers of the club said the technique, which is taught by certified teachers, can be a key tool for increasing energy, happiness, focus, and memory. It can also reduce blood pressure and alleviate the symptoms of PTSD and depression. In addition, it can improve the overall quality of life, assisting with the management of college life. 'College is a place to get prepared for society, so it's important for students to acquire useful tools in life,' said Hang Yu, club president. '(After meditating) I have more focus power that lasts throughout the day.' (more)
A baseball player's guide to a meaningful life
17 October 2017 - Entering college after enjoying 'ordered and predictable' years defined by the routines of high school baseball, Steven Baxter felt directionless, with 'no sense of connection to the future or, worse, no connection to myself.' Then, in his sophomore year, 'I went to a presentation at my school about Transcendental Meditation. After learning the technique, it was suddenly as if I wore a new and better prescription in my eyeglasses. TM brought focus. It smoothed the waves that buffeted me daily. . . . TM helped me to understand and appreciate where I was at any given moment. Knowing that, I felt like I could quickly and confidently set out on life's journey when it was time to do so. I had recalibrated my internal compass to True North.' (more)
US: Maharishi School alum wins contest to direct branded content commercial
20 September 2017 - Nathaniel Alexander recently graduated with an MFA degree from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts, one of the most prestigious film schools in the US. Nathaniel grew up in Fairfield, Iowa, and attended Maharishi School and Maharishi University of Management, majoring in Media and Communications. 'I was given a lot of freedom to explore my own creativity,' he says. The USC School of Cinematic Arts in Los Angeles is very closely connected to Hollywood studios. In his third year, Nathaniel won a $50,000 contest, sponsored by PepsiCo, to write and direct a commercial for one of their products. He is now launching his own production company, 200 Percent. (more)
Building a business for peace: Maharishi University of Management alumnus
6 September 2017 - Amit Hooda is the co-founder and CEO of Heavenly Organics, an Iowa, USA-based business that imports raw honey made by wild bees in the remote forests of northern and central India. This unique business model helps sustain the economic and cultural survival of indigenous people. In 2005, while Amit was earning his MS in computer science at Maharishi University of Management, he and his father, a renowned agronomist in northern India, founded Heavenly Organics. 'I wanted to create an economic model that created ethical jobs in conflict areas,' said Amit. 'That is the only way to have long-term sustainable peace.' (more)
Maharishi University of Management alumnus Nathaniel Campbell's first novel receives praise
22 August 2017 - MUM alumnus Nathaniel Campbell's debut novel was recently rated number one on the Chicago Tribune's ultimate summer reading list. Found Audio, published by Two Dollar Radio, was called a 'bona fide literary page-turner' by Publisher's Weekly. Nathaniel graduated from MUM in 2008 with a BA in literature, and during his first year decided that he would try to become a published author. The stress-free lifestyle and the block system (one course at a time) allowed him to follow that dream. The Transcendental Meditation technique was also helpful, as it made him feel more rested and less anxious. 'I have been meditating for 25 years,' Nathaniel said. 'TM helps directly with writing. It would be much more difficult to focus without it.' (more)
Uganda: African girls find school can bring happiness - not just passing grades
10 August 2017 - The Ideal Girls High School in eastern Uganda provides girls from poor, rural families with a quality secondary education that includes Transcendental Meditation, an effective programme to improve their learning ability and reduce stress. The school embraces the ideal that the foremost and ultimate goal of education should be to develop the student's full potential: to learn, to create, to think, to analyze, and to live a full and happy, healthy life. One girl says: 'When I meditate I feel my body having enough energy, my mind settles. I can do, I can achieve the desire to do important things.' Ninety-two per cent of the students pass the important O-level national exams in tenth grade - a remarkable accomplishment for an open-admissions school. The UN reports, 'Educating a girl changes her destiny, as well as those of her future children, and ensures that she can contribute to the economic life of her community.' (more)
Maharishi University of Management art students enjoy success in graduate school
6 August 2017 - As a mark of success of the undergraduate art major, many students at Maharishi University of Management (MUM) have enjoyed success in graduate school, including MFA programmes at top art schools such as Cranbrook Academy of Art and the Chicago Art Institute. Many have received grants and scholarships. MUM's BFA (Bachelor of Fine Arts) provides a more rigorous schedule of courses than the BA, perfect for students who want to hone their skills for grad school or a high-level art career. MUM students get in touch with their deepest self, the source of all creative inspiration, through daily practice of Transcendental Meditation, which research has shown lowers stress, heightens clear thinking, and enhances creativity. (more)
'Lead us to the next Renaissance': US Congressman Tim Ryan to Maharishi University of Management grads
27 July 2017 - 'Your university is working to identify, implement, and bring to scale innovative knowledge and technologies that promise to completely restructure the way we educate our young, heal our sick, grow our food, and safeguard our borders,' said US Congressman Tim Ryan in his commencement address at the 42nd graduation of Maharishi University of Management last month. 'And that's why I'm here today: to put out the call. To you. As students dedicated to developing the full value of human consciousness, you are all desperately needed in the global challenge to find a new path forward. . . . We are living in a moment that calls out for leaders who are wiser, smarter, and bigger than our problems. We need leaders who are established in that underlying unity of life,' Congressman Ryan said. (more)
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US: North Dakota Native American student graduation rate lagging
21 October 2017 - Native American students in North Dakota are struggling in school despite the state's overall high school graduation rate remaining high. The total graduation rate was nearly 90 percent for the 2015-16 school year, the most recent data available. But the rate for Native American students was at about 65 percent. (more)
UK: Computing in schools -- alarm bells over England's classes
18 June 2017 - Computing education in England's schools is going through a revolution, but there is evidence that too few pupils want to be part of it. Figures from the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) show only a modest rise in students taking the new computer science GCSE. Experts are concerned. The British Computer Society warns the number studying for a computing qualification could halve by 2020. The organisation -- which is the professional body for the IT industry -- says that would be a disaster for the economy. The other big concern is that too few girls are taking up the computer science exam . . . (more)
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)
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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