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Apple CEO tells MIT graduates to use their powers for good
9 June 2017 - Science is worthless if it isn't motivated by basic human values and the desire to help people, Apple CEO Tim Cook told graduates of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Friday, urging them to use their powers for good. 'Whatever you do in your life, and whatever we do at Apple, we must infuse it with the humanity that we are born with,' said Cook . . . (more)
Apple's Cook tells MIT graduates: temper technology with humanity
9 June 2017 - Apple CEO Tim Cook on Friday warned graduates at MIT, a pioneer in fields like computers and robots, about technology's dehumanizing aspects and urged them to infuse its development with their own values. Speaking to thousands of students and their families at MIT's Cambridge, Massachusetts, campus, Cook praised the benefits of new devices and social media. But he also . . . said technology must be tempered with human knowledge. Cook's speech did not break new ground for him as head of the world's most valuable technology company but added some context around some of his past decisions, such as . . . investing heavily in green technologies. (more)
US: More girls pursuing STEM careers
5 June 2017 - When Romeesa Khan signed up to take a computer science class her freshman year at Terry High School in Rosenberg, she was the only girl in the class. 'It was kind of troubling seeing there weren't as many females,' Khan said. Khan's observation is reflective of nationwide figures that show that women are statistically underrepresented in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields. While women made up about half of the U.S. college-educated workforce in 2013, only 29 percent of the science and engineering workforce was female, according to the National Science Foundation. It's a trend that appears to be shifting as educators place more of an emphasis on encouraging girls to pursue an interest in STEM courses. Of the 30 valedictorians and salutatorians who graduated from Fort Bend County's two largest school districts this year, nearly two-thirds of them were young women intending to pursue a career in a STEM field -- including Khan. (more)
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)
The Latin American 'lab' where women are learning to code across the employment gap
3 May 2017 - More than 13 million young women across Latin America are neither employed nor in school. But a new model of coding education hopes to give this population skills for a well-paying career. On average, grads earn nearly three times what their salaries were before the boot camp. Some 400 women have completed the program so far, and there's a roughly 76 percent employment rate. The goal is to up those numbers to 10,000 and 85 percent, respectively, by 2020. (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)
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Maharishi University of Management student receives Outstanding CMA Student award
16 June 2017 - Maharishi University of Management doctoral student Han Wan received the Outstanding CMA Student award from the Des Moines Chapter of the Institute for Management Accountants. A graduate of Qiongzhou University in China, which has a collaboration with MUM, Han learned Transcendental Meditation in Beijing and decided to continue her studies at MUM. 'Coming here was a life-changing experience for me,' she said. 'I fell in love with MUM. The environment is so supportive, and the professors are so dedicated to their students.' Han completed her MA in education and began her PhD in management. She recently passed the Certified Management Accountant (CMA) exam and has designed an original research plan to examine the impact of sustainability reporting on a firm's financial performance. (more)
Learning Transcendental Meditation - One of my top decisions
15 June 2017 - 'It's been about 43 years since I learned TM, back in 1974,' says businessman and humanitarian Larry Comp. 'The first time I meditated, I could feel the stress draining out of my body. It wasn't long before my whole life began to improve. While I had been a ''C'' student, the following three quarters, I received a 3.8, 3.9, and 4.0 GPA, and several years later, I ''aced'' grad school. Now, when I tell folks that I used to be an angry young man with a horrible temper, they're shocked. Many people have told me that I'm one of the most relaxed, even-keeled people they know. Over the years, TM has totally changed me. I've become more outwardly directed, kind, generous, and loving. It's become easy for me to focus, sell our consulting services, and continually grow our business.' (more)
Balancing ambition with a healthy lifestyle: Maharishi University of Management MBA student
1 June 2017 - Latha Lakshmanan, a native of Minneapolis in the USA, has worked in internal auditing, risk assessment, and regulatory compliance services for financial institutions and other industries. She enjoys the challenge of a fast-paced work environment and handling high-profile clients, but was finding it difficult to balance her personal life with the demands of her job. In 2012 Latha saw an Oprah television special on Fairfield, Iowa and Maharishi University of Management (MUM), which inspired her to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique. She enrolled in the MBA in Sustainable Business in 2016. Since learning TM, Latha has achieved a sense of calm in the face of stressful situations. 'One of my main intentions coming to MUM was to have a routine and the discipline to take care of myself,' she said, 'so when I go back into the work force, I will have those skills.' (more)
Maharishi University of Management student thrives on environmental activism and social change
23 May 2017 - Sara Kille was working as a preschool teacher in California when she discovered actor Jim Carrey's Maharishi University of Management (MUM) commencement speech on Facebook. Sara was planning to study environmentalism and sustainability, and Carrey's speech deeply resonated with her. She became curious about MUM, and enrolled as a sustainable living major in 2015. Sara's passion lies in environmental activism and social change, and she managed to tailor her education to match her needs. In addition to taking classes in global sustainability, creating social change, and climate science and solutions, she completed a six-week internship with Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement. (more)
South Africa: 58 Maharishi Institute students to graduate with MUM degrees
19 May 2017 - Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa, recently held graduation ceremonies for 58 students earning bachelor's degrees in business from Maharishi University of Management in the USA - 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'
27 April 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)
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UK: Computing in schools -- alarm bells over England's classes
19 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)
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)
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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