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Beyond information - 'Education that works'
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16 March 2012
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The article features Maharishi Institute in Johannesburg, South Africa. The Institute's website asks: 'Why Consciousness-Based Education?'—and quickly offers the answer, describing it as 'education that works'.
As the programme description goes on to explain, while book knowledge is vital to education, it is of limited value and virtually irrelevant if students are unable to think clearly and creatively and be comfortable and happy within themselves.
To fill these gaps, which exist in other educational systems, Maharishi Institute and all schools offering Consciousness-Based Education (CBE) add a key element that has been missing in education—the consciousness of the student.
This critical aspect of education lies at the basis of students' intelligence, creativity, confidence, inner calm, and motivation—and therefore forms the foundation for successful learning, success, and fulfilment in life.
The key technology of Consciousness-Based Education that schools use to create these profound effects is the Transcendental Meditation Technique. At Maharishi Institute students practise this simple, natural, enjoyable procedure that 'develops mental alertness and increases creativity and intelligence' as their first and last class of the day, allowing mind and body to experience a profound state of rest known as restful alertness. Extensive scientific research validates many benefits of the practice of the Transcendental Meditation Technique and Consciousness-Based Education, which positively affect academic outcomes.
The article also highlights students' expressions of their great delight in Maharishi Institute's dynamic and balanced curriculum—including academic study, daily Transcendental Meditation and yoga, time at the Institute's Ezemvelo Nature Reserve, as well as 'celebration of knowledge with expression in multiple forms of art, and a variety of cultural and extracurricular activities—all perhaps best summed up in one student's comment:
'School holidays are boring in comparison!'
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