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US: Students' experiences featured in education conference 'Quiet Time in the Classroom'
by Global Good News staff writer
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29 October 2008
The third annual National Summit on Student Health and Education, 'Quiet Time in the Classroom' held in New York City on 16 October, addressed the pressing concern of student stress and featured the comments of students who practise Transcendental Meditation.
Presentations from the conference were replayed on the Maharishi Global Family Chat 23 October.
Speaking at the conference, Dr Robert Roth, National Director of Expansion for the Global Country of World Peace in the US, said, 'Today we are going to be addressing a very serious problem that afflicts children all over the world. The Surgeon General said that Americans are swimming in an ocean of stress. Well if that's the case, our children our drowning in it. It's a very serious problem that demands a very substantive solution.'
The conference, he continued, will explore the Transcendental Meditation Technique as a scientifically proven means to develop the full brain and create stress-free schools. 'In this summit today, we are going to be hearing from school principals from around the US who've implemented this programme as part of what's called 'quiet time'. Some of the principals have been offering it to their students and faculty for 10, 12, 14 years. Some of the principals just started [this programme] in their schools this past year.'
Dr Roth stated that 'the national media [has been] very sensitive to the problem of stress in the classroom'. Several years ago the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse of Detroit, Michigan—where the students have the opportunity to practise Transcendental Meditation—was featured on the NBC Today Show.
On that NBC segment, which was shown during the conference, students at the school described how their lives had changed since they had started Transcendental Meditation.
One student said, 'I used to get angry a lot, but now it's like I'm calming down.' Another said, 'I had a tendency to dwell on things that happened in the past, but when I meditate, then it helps me let them go.' Another said, 'I just pay attention better now.' Other students described an improvement in grades.
A study of 140 students aged 10-14, conducted by the University of Michigan, confirmed these kinds of results, NBC reported. It was reported on the NBC clip that the students not only improved academically, but also 'felt more connected, they felt happier, satisfied, peaceful, calm'. One student said, 'After meditation I feel great.'
Global Good News will feature the continuation of Dr Roth's talk, as well as the presentation of Carmen N'Namdi, Principal of Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse, in the coming days.
Replays of the 16 October conference webcast are available at: www.stressfreeschools.org
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