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New charter school in North Carolina to include meditation
The Review, Vol.19, #12, March17, 2004 Translate This Article
Fairfield, Iowa, United States
17 March 2004
As of the middle of last month, a Consciousness-Based(SM) charter school in North Carolina set to open this fall had enrolled over 300 students.
North Carolina is one of nearly 40 states that allow parents, educators, or community members to use government funding to start innovative and free-tuition public charter schools as an alternative to traditional schools.
Carolina International School has received $100,000 in startup funding, and beginning this summer will begin receiving state and local per-pupil funding for operating expenses, including teachers' salaries.
The school, which doesn't yet have a building, will be located in or near Charlotte and will serve Mecklenburg, Cabarrus, and Stanly Counties.
Response has been positive from parents in the Charlotte region to the role of the Transcendental Meditation technique in the school. 'Parents see it for what it is -- an effective way to reduce stress and a preparation for optimal learning for their children,' said Director Richard Beall.
The school will start by offering kindergarten through seventh grade, with a maximum of 40 in each grade. Dr. Beall said that the school will likely be at capacity and will have a waiting list.
Carolina International School will offer a standard course of study, as well as the International Baccalaureate Primary Years curriculum, which emphasizes self-discovery, communication, and global education. There will also be a focus on holistic development of the students that will include a multicultural character education program, the natural law curriculum, which emphasizes patterns of order and growth in daily living, and practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique twice each school day.
Dr. Beall said that the school will attempt to attract international students via the World View program at the University of North Carolina and via programs such as the Sister Cities program.
According to Dr. Beall, the emphasis on charter schools began about 12 years ago, as officials realized something needed to be done to promote innovation in public schools. In charter schools state standards and guidelines are somewhat relaxed in favor of innovation, providing the opportunity to create new models of education.
See the website at http://www.CarolinaInternationalSchool.org.
Copyright 2004, Maharishi University of Management
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