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US: Education conference 'Quiet Time in the Classroom' - Dr Robert Roth on Transcendental Meditation
by Global Good News staff writer
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30 October 2008
Continuing his talk at the third annual National Summit on Student Health and Education, 'Quiet Time in the Classroom', Dr Robert Roth, National Director of Expansion for the Global Country of World Peace in the US, defined 'Quiet Time' and also explained Transcendental Meditation.
Please also see Part I of this article.
'Quiet time', Dr Roth said, is a period of 10-15 minutes at the beginning and end of the school day to allow the children to settle down and collect themselves before learning, and again before going home. 'A child can do anything quiet during that time. They could nap, they could read, they could pray, they could do anything. Increasingly more and more schools are offering this Transcendental Meditation Technique component as something extremely effective to do during that 10- or 15-minute period. . . .'
Transcendental Meditation, Dr Roth continued, is not a philosophy, religion, or way of life. It is 'a simple technique' that anyone can practise—whether 'a 10-year-old child with a learning disability [or] a PhD in physics'. Transcendental Meditation allows 'the active mind . . . to quiet down to a perfectly calm, settled, wakeful level of our own inner self. That quieting down gives deep rest to the body, removes stress, and wakes up the brain.'
It doesn't matter whether one is skeptical about the programme. This programme is effective, Dr Roth noted, whether one believes in it or not.
Dr Roth said that the US Committee for Stress-Free Schools, partnering with the David Lynch Foundation, will help any school that is interested to implement the programme.
Dr Roth then introduced Carmen N'Namdi, founder and retired Principal of award-winning Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse in Detroit, Michigan—the first school in the US to implement Consciousness-Based Education.
Global Good News will feature Carmen N'Namdi's presentation in the coming days.
Replays of the 16 October conference webcast are available at: www.stressfreeschools.org.
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