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New David Lynch Foundation video shows power of Quiet Time in schools
by Global Good News staff writer
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6 August 2013
A new video from the David Lynch Foundation highlighting the impact of Transcendental Meditation (TM) on the quality of education was recently released. The video shows excerpts from a national education summit in which experts in the Quiet Time programme sought to raise awareness for their initiatives to improve schools across the United States.
The Quiet Time programme, in which students are given time morning and afternoon to practise Transcendental Meditation or to sit quietly, has been implemented in a range of schools, including charter schools, inner-city schools, and private schools.
At the education summit, held last autumn in New York City, many experts spoke about the benefits of the Quiet Time programme with Transcendental Meditation. Researchers, leaders in the field of education, and especially those who have seen firsthand the benefits of Transcendental Meditation all spoke out in support of Quiet Time.
Russell Simmons, philanthropist and entrepreneur, has witnessed the effect of Transcendental Meditation.
He told the audience, 'I've traveled around the country to see schools that have been transformed by the TM programme, and it has been phenomenal to see the results. If you want your kids to learn, if you want your kids to be bright and awake, to have violence reduction and to have stress reduction and to have an open, expansive brain, then teach them to meditate.'
The retired superintendent of a west coast school district implemented Quiet Time in many of his most at-risk schools. The results were surprising and very clear. Though he had expected hundreds of kids sitting together to resist being calm and quiet, he found they soaked up the experience.
The schools were full of children from disadvantaged backgrounds, and he found that Quiet Time did much more for them than just helping them pay attention and learn in school.
He said, 'You want to empower young people who grew up with nothing? [Quiet Time] is the most powerful tool we could give them. This is beyond just an education.'
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∙ Quiet Time works in schools regardless of religion, background, or belief
∙ Russell Simmons: If you want your kids to learn, teach them to meditate
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