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by Patrick Condon, Associated Press

Washington Post    Translate This Article
Washington, DC, United States
11 November 2004

The Washington Post reported on November 6th: At the American headquaters of Transcendental Meditation in Iowa, people like to brag - children are all above average because of Transcendental Meditation. Global Good News views the rise of interest by the media in reporting the growing interest in the Transcendental Meditation Programme in the field of education as a success.

The reporter interviews officials at the Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa and describes the achievements and experiences of the students practising Transcendental Meditation there. 'Maharishi School officials are quick to point out that their students have scored in the 99th per centile on standardized tests for the last 10 years, that 95 per cent of graduates go to college and that they graduate 10 times the national average of National Merit Scholar finalists.'

The writer reported that advocates say that TM can spread success and reduce stress in other schools, but critics express concern over price and religious implications in public schools.

The article quoted Bob Roth of the Consciousness-Based Education Association, who said, 'You have 10 million kids on antidepressants, one in five black kids with hypertension, America not leading the world in test scores.... Transcendental Meditation is not just a way to reduce stress, it's a way to prepare a student to learn.'

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