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Ancient ritual could hold key to classroom calm
by Larissa Lytwyn

The Easton Courier    Translate This Article
2 June 2006

On 2 June 2006 The Easton Courier reported: The Connecticut Committee for Stress-Free Schools recently hosted a conference for the New England area on Children's Health and Education as part of an initiative to offer the programmes of the Consciousness-Based Education Association (CBEA) to schools throughout the area. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of education.

The Easton Courier reported that 'The Consciousness-Based Education Association (CBEA) [is] part of the Global Country of World Peace, an international nonprofit organization' that would like to give students everywhere the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of Maharishi's Transcendental Meditation Technique.

Educators and administrators in the area are starting to hear about the organization's programmes. The article reported that Dr Allen Fossbender, a local school superintendent, said he had heard about TM and its positive influence on student performance. 'We are open to it,' he said.

The New England Conference on Children's Health and Education included presentations of scientific research substantiating the benefits of Transcendental Meditation for students.

The article reported: 'One of the most famous cases is a 2003 study of 22 fifth graders at the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse in Detroit.'

'Dr Rita Benn of the University of Michigan's Complementary & Alternative Medicine Research Center, said the 22 Nataki fifth graders who were practicing TM generally performed better academically, and were socially happier and better adjusted, than their non-TM practicing peers.'

The conference featured talks by professionals—educators and doctors—and a keynote address by Dr Ashley Deans, head of the Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa. According to the article, 'The Maharishi School's academic renown has gained international attention in recent years'—and this high level of academic excellence has been achieved even with an open admissions policy.

The article noted some skepticism about the scientific research on the Transcendental Mediation Programme and also questions religious affiliations.

The local representative of the Consciousness-Based Education Association in Fairfield, Kathy Connor, responded to these doubts. The article reports: 'Connor said that TM was inherently a mental practice that transcended religious or political identification.'

According to the article, Ms Connor said: 'It is important that educators keep an open mind and look at scientific evidence before casting judgment.'

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based—programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.

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