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US: National education summit highlights success of Quiet Time and Transcendental Meditation
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6 August 2013
Quiet Time is the name of a programme in the United States and other countries that gives students the opportunity to practise Transcendental Meditation as part of their daily school routine. A new video from the David Lynch Foundation, which supports the programme, highlights the success that Quiet Time has found in schools across America.
Quiet Time is expanding and meeting with a great response in a variety of schools, from inner-city middle schools to private academies.
In the course of the school day students have a Quiet Time period in the morning before they begin their day, and at the end of the afternoon before they leave to go home.
Teachers, students, and administrators are reporting noticeable changes including reduced stress, better focus, and a calmer, happier, and more coherent learning environment. They are also seeing improvements on concrete measures such as attendance rates and test scores.
These results have led to increasing demand for the programme in the US and around the world.
One of the most powerful things about Quiet Time, commented Adam Pressman, who has produced films about many of the Foundation's programmes, is that 'it gives such a fundamental advantage to the students to have a clearer mind, to be able to overcome the impact of the stress of the environment that they're living in, and to really be able to learn in a very profound and meaningful way.'
This success was a recurring theme in the National Education Summit on the Quiet Time Program. The summit, held in New York City, featured education leaders from around the United States with a special emphasis on those who are implementing Quiet Time and want to help other educators learn more about and take advantage of its many benefits.
See related articles:
∙ New David Lynch Foundation video shows power of Quiet Time in schools
∙ With an epidemic of stress in schools, Transcendental Meditation may provide a solution
∙ Russell Simmons: If you want your kids to learn, teach them to meditate
∙ Quiet Time works in schools regardless of religion, background, or belief
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