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Quiet Time works in schools regardless of religion, background, or belief
by Global Good News staff writer
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6 August 2013
The Quiet Time programme, in which school children all of skill levels and socioeconomic backgrounds have a chance to practise Transcendental Meditation as part of their school's curriculum, has been successful at relieving stress, improving focus and creativity, and raising test scores.
Robert Roth, Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation, which supports Quiet Time, explains that Transcendental Meditation is a mental technique and is nondenominational.
At a national education summit focusing on the success of Quiet Time in schools across the United States, Mr Roth spoke about Transcendental Meditation.
'Transcendental Meditation, TM, is a simple technique that anyone can practise. It does not involve religion, it does not involve philosophy, it does not involve a change in lifestyle. You can be 100 per cent skeptical about everything and it works just fine.'
He added that some adults express concern that young children would be able to sit still for the minutes at a time that the Transcendental Meditation technique is practised. 'You can be like me,' he reassured the audience, 'and have a million thoughts a minute and be able to meditate very successfully.'
The retired superintendent of a west coast school district echoed this idea.
He said, 'I know all of us would think that if you asked [students] to close their eyes they'd be hitting each other, putting gum on their hair, or doing something crazy,' but this is not what happens.
'You've got to see it,' he said, adding that he's been in an auditorium of 600 high schools kids practising Transcendental Meditation in such silence that he could hear a pin drop.
As for the link between Quiet Time and the David Lynch Foundation, Mr Roth explained, 'The David Lynch Foundation was started seven years ago to provide Transcendental Meditation and the Quiet Time programme to at-risk kids. In the last seven and a half years we've provided scholarships for over a quarter of a million students.'
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