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Ideas on organic agriculture from around the globe sought, shared at UW-Madison Harvest of Ideas forum
12 November 2018 - For Kate VandenBosch, dean of UW-Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, holding an event like the Harvest of Ideas comes back to the Wisconsin Idea, which signifies a general principle that education should extend beyond the classroom. The October 31 event, a forum that brought together people from around the globe to explore organic agriculture and how the University of Wisconsin can best contribute to the advancement of organic agriculture, also served as a venue to share ideas and create more cooperative solutions world-wide. (more)
US: New York eyes plan to be first state to ban flavored e-cigarettes
9 November 2018 - New York state is taking steps to ban the sale of flavored electronic cigarettes in the hopes of curbing a sharp rise in the use of vaping products by young people, the Cuomo administration said Friday (9 November). New York state health officials began tracking e-cigarette use in New York in 2014. Since then, use by high school youths increased from 10.5 percent to 27.4 percent in 2018, the health department said. (more)
US: University of Idaho celebrates new Sandpoint organic agriculture center
24 October 2018 - A new University of Idaho center devoted to organic agriculture is a new 'gem' within the UI's statewide network, the agricultural dean says. The center is the first in the UI system to focus on organic farming. Michael Parrella, dean of UI's College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, said the center will address organic agriculture, bring back 'the wonder and variety' of heirloom apples, and educate students and offer outreach to the community. (more)
Scottish pupils learn to 'make life better' as ethical entrepreneurs
9 October 2018 - Scotland is a global leader in fostering young social entrepreneurs. When an 87-year-old man [needed assistance] outside their primary school, the children brainstormed how to help elderly people in their Scottish village. And their conclusion was to start a business. So the students set up a community cafe in their school hall where everyone could congregate -- one of more than 1,000 ethical businesses that children have created and run in Scotland, a global leader in fostering young social entrepreneurs. (more)
US: Agriculture program teaches students about growing, giving
23 September 2018 - What once started out as a small garden behind the agriculture building at Rehobeth High School (Alabama) has grown -- just like the seedlings that were planted there -- in an effort across grade levels to serve the community. Brad Willis, agriscience teacher at the high school, said the effort to teach children where their food originates started about eight years ago in one of his classes. After the school board purchased more land behind the football team's practice field, the agriscience teacher quickly jumped on the opportunity to utilize the space to teach students the inner workings of creating produce. Without any equipment except for an old, rusted tiller and a few seeds, Willis and his students helped the agriculture department grow, one plant at a time. (more)
US: United Tribes gets $2.6 million for environmental sciences
21 September 2018 - United Tribes Technical College [Bismarck, North Dakota] has received a $2.6 million grant to expand its environmental science program. The college says the grant from the National Science Foundation will also fund additional faculty to do research and establish a research center on campus. Environmental science department chairman Jeremy Guinn tells the Bismarck Tribune the grant will allow for additional studies of tribal agriculture, water, and energy. (more)
US: New wildlife education center opens on Utah's Farmington Bay
9 September 2018 - A new wildlife education center offers students, photographers and birdwatchers the chance to see birds and other wildlife that live in the Great Salt Lake wetlands. The George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Wildlife Education Center ... features pelicans, hummingbirds, and even a turkey vulture, the Deseret News reported. 'All wildlife enthusiasts can come here and get something out of it,' said Nicaela Haig, Division of Wildlife Resources programs specialist over education and events at the center. 'No matter which way you enjoy wildlife, there is something for you out here.' (more)
UK physicist donates $3 million prize to boost diversity
6 September 2018 - One of Britain's leading astrophysicists is donating her $3 million purse from a major science prize to encourage diversity in physics. Jocelyn Bell Burnell says the money will go to the Institute of Physics to fund graduate scholarships for people from under-represented groups -- women, members of ethnic minorities, and refugees. (more)
US: Orchard is site of new University of Idaho organic center
28 August 2018 - An orchard in Sandpoint will be the site of the University of Idaho's new Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center. The orchard was donated August 1 to the university by Dennis Pence and his family, the Capital Press reported. It is the first center in the institution's system to focus on organic farming and production systems, according to the college. (more)
US: Family donates Sandpoint Orchard to University of Idaho
23 August 2018 - The University of Idaho announced in a press release Wednesday (22 August) that it had acquired the 48-acre property through a donation from Dennis Pence of Sandpoint and his family. Pence established the orchard to demonstrate organic agricultural opportunities in North Idaho. It will be known as the Sandpoint Organic Agriculture Center and be the first in the University of Idaho system to focus on organic farming and organic-certified production systems. (more)
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Canada: Entrepreneur Alan Phillips - Transcendental Meditation an 'important tool' in business
2 October 2018 - Alan Phillips is founder and president of Vancouver Institute of Media Arts, which offers vocational training in the visual, media, and performing arts. Ranked #5 worldwide for animation, gaming, and design, the school has attracted top talent from Hollywood for instructors. Alan graduated from Maharishi University of Management, USA, in 1991 with an MBA degree and founded VanArts in 1995. The Transcendental Meditation technique has been an important tool for him as a businessman. 'Running a business can be very stressful,' he says. 'The TM technique has given me an edge to be able to deal with that more effectively and not get so overwhelmed by challenges.' (more)
South Africa's Communiversity students practise TM to reduce stress, unfold their full potential
24 September 2018 - Over three million young South Africans are NEET: 'Not in education, employment or training', and two million haven't completed Grade 12. The Communiversity of South Africa offers an innovative curriculum in a rigorous four-month academic and experiential programme. It has successfully placed 85%-90% of its graduates into colleges in work-relevant fields such as IT, engineering, construction, tourism, and business administration. The Transcendental Meditation programme - to unfold the full potential of the student, increase learning ability and focus, and reduce stress - is a foundational part of the school's success. Many graduates are reported to be academic achievers who are goal-oriented and behaviorally mature students and become significant, positive leaders. (more)
Maharishi University of Management graduate promotes innovation in education
10 September 2018 - 'Teaching is not what you do, it's who you are,' says Barbara Hays, who graduated this year as Valedictorian at Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa, USA and received the Outstanding Student Award in Education. Barbara moved to Fairfield in 1996, so that her three children could attend Maharishi School. After 14 years of teaching science and math there, she decided to obtain her education degree at MUM. She says, 'The number one thing I learned at Maharishi School and MUM is that if you are well-rested, children are delightful. . . . I don't know how public school teachers teach without being able to practise Transcendental Meditation. It's such an essential tool. Especially for teachers.' (more)
Creating social and economic change: Maharishi University of Management MBA student
2 August 2018 - Maharishi University of Management graduate student Suhaib Mohamed wants to use his skills and knowledge of media, business, sustainability, and social justice to improve the lives of people in his country, Sudan. Looking to expand his education towards sustainability, he thought MUM's MBA in Sustainable Business was the perfect fit. 'I wanted to connect to my Self,' he said. 'The idea of consciousness is a great idea; it connects us to all the human beings around the world.' Before coming to the US, Suhaib had a weekly programme on Sudan TV discussing youth-related issues. For his efforts to impact the lives of young people, he received the 2014 most influential figures of Sudan award and the 2016 Jack Bakhit Encouraging Award. (more)
Maharishi University of Management: Computer professionals student describes benefits of 'holistic life' at MUM
16 July 2018 - Carlton Ellis is the first student from Jamaica to attend the Computer Professionals programme at Maharishi University of Management. He had been looking for a scholarship abroad to earn a master's degree and gain international work experience. After researching about MUM and Transcendental Meditation, he decided to enrol at the university. 'Before coming here, my blood pressure was continuously climbing to new highs, but it is normal now,' said Carlton. 'I feel more refreshed when I meditate and more energetic. This is not just TM; it is the holistic life here at MUM.' Carlton feels his coursework and campus routine have helped him prepare for the demands of his new professional life, and recently found a position as a software developer with a company in Chicago, Illinois. (more)
The value of Transcendental Meditation for software engineers
2 July 2018 - Ali Alrahahleh, from Amman, Jordan, appreciated the value of Transcendental Meditation (TM) in his internship at Walmart Labs, Co. in Sunnyvale, California as a Senior Software Engineer (part of the graduate Computer Professionals Program at Maharishi University of Management). 'I have learned a simple mental technique at MUM, which I really have appreciated since coming to San Francisco. When my real life started, and my responsibilities accumulated, I really needed some moments of quietness in my daily routine,' he says. 'Stress is a major player in software programming; deadlines make people unstable, angry and desperate to finish on time. With the help of TM, I tend to be more focused and calm most of the time, and a high performer.' (more)
US: Maharishi University of Management's data science graduate programme named best in Iowa
29 June 2018 - The data science track in the MS in Computer Science at Maharishi University of Management was recently named the best master's programme of its kind in Iowa. In its first annual review of all 290 accredited schools in the U.S. offering similar graduate degrees, the website DataScienceGraduatePrograms.com found MUM to be among the very best, giving the programme the #1 spot for Iowa in its list of Top Data Science Graduate Programs for 2018. (more)
Maharishi University of Management 2018 Commencement: Full video replay available online
27 June 2018 - On 23 June, 546 students from 49 countries graduated from Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa - the largest class in the university's history. Scott Gould, former deputy secretary of the US Department of Veterans Administration, gave the commencement address and was awarded the degree Doctor of Laws, honoris causa by MUM President Dr John Hagelin. A video of the complete graduation ceremonies, including Dr. Gould's address and the awarding of his degree, is now available online. (more)
Maharishi University of Management: Student from Cameroon excels in accounting
18 June 2018 - Maharishi University of Management MBA student Merveille Djappi Tiani recently was named Most Outstanding Accounting Student at MUM by the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants. The MUM accounting faculty nominated him based on his academic performance, professional behaviour, and ability to collaborate with others. Merveille grew up in a small rural town in Cameroon, earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and began working at a CPA firm. When he heard about MUM, he decided to enrol in the MBA in SAP accounting programme. Merveille enjoys MUM and finds that practising the Transcendental Meditation technique 'helps you become calmer and be stress-free. It helps you to be you.' (more)
Maharishi School: What does it mean to 'think deeply'?
31 May 2018 - As humans, we are all capable of advanced and deep thoughts. It's part of what makes us human. There have been many different theories or instructors that show us a way to think more deeply than we previously were able to do. Some people are drawn to one way of deep thinking over the other. At Maharishi School in the USA students, teachers and administrators enjoy the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. But what does it mean to think deeply in terms of school curriculum? How does that change the way we educate our students? An article about Maharishi School considers these questions. 'Whatever goals our students set for themselves - college, career, life - we believe the depths of their thoughts and the ability to live a balanced life will be their launching point for success.' (more)
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Documents: University deal with Foxconn largely confidential
13 September 2018 - The University of Wisconsin-Madison and Foxconn Technology Group will manage their new research partnership largely behind closed doors, documents detailing the agreement show. Foxconn and UW-Madison announced plans in August to create a technology institute on campus as well as a research facility in Mount Pleasant, where the Taiwanese electronics giant is constructing a massive flat-screen manufacturing facility with the help of up to $3.2 billion in state incentives. ... 'The UW is a public institution that is supposed to represent the public interest,' [Bill Leuders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council,] wrote in his email. 'Creating layers of secrecy over what it is doing under contract with Foxconn is contrary to that ideal.' (more)
The hidden crisis on US college campuses: 36 percent of students don't have enough to eat
3 April 2018 - Caleb Torres lost seven pounds his freshman year of college - and not because he didn't like the food in the dining hall. A first-generation college student, barely covering tuition, Torres ran out of grocery money halfway through the year and began skipping meals as a result. ... Torres is finally talking about his experience with the hunger problem on America's college campuses: a quiet, insidious epidemic that researchers say threatens millions of students every year. (more)
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)
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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