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Calm, peaceful atmosphere replaces fighting at school in Israel
by Global Good News staff writer
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14 July 2010
A calm, peaceful atmosphere has replaced fighting and other problems that once drove teachers, students, and parents away from a high school in Israel. The practice of the Transcendental Meditation Programme is creating a stress-free school.
'A few years ago, the school was on the brink of collapse—really on the brink of collapse in every sphere,' the former principal of the school said. 'Many teachers threatened to quit and some of them left the school. Many students dropped out of the system and looked for other schools. Teachers went looking for alternative sources of income. This project—the meditation project—was accepted by the teachers, and this caused the teachers themselves to be more integrated.'
'We started [Transcendental Meditation] with the teachers, then with the students, and then we started to feel changes within the school,' a school administrator said. 'We started to notice . . . changes like the behaviour, discipline, and motivation of the students.'
'Today when all the school meditates we can feel the calm in the school, we can feel the discipline,' he continued.
'Now we do not have to shout at every small thing, or fight the students. That was how it used to be. Now it is enough to talk to the students. [They] are calm, we are calm, the system is calm, and there is a pleasant educational atmosphere. We feel this now after daily meditation practice with the students . . . ,' he concluded.
'There is a feeling of joy in the teachers' room,' one teacher noted. 'The connection between teachers and students is a lot more tolerant, more accepting.
'This was a change on two levels: firstly, peace within the school and secondly peace outside the school with the village, the local council, and parents. In the past the parents did not want to even set foot in the school. Now they are happy to visit and often come to the teachers' room.'
Please also see Global Good News articles:
Transcendental Meditation transforms school in Israel,
Students and teachers in Israel praise benefits of Transcendental Meditation, and
Israel: Discipline problems, violence recede in school where students practise Transcendental Meditation.
In the coming days Global Good News will continue to feature comments from students, teachers, and administrators about the benefits of Consciousness-Based Education at the school.
* This report was featured on the 14 July 2010 Maharishi Global Family Chat, broadcast daily via Internet webcast on the Maharishi Channel, Channel 3. Podcasts of the daily Global Family Chat (audio track) are also now available for automatic download, via an RSS feed.
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