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'We need this in our school': Principal on Quiet Time and Transcendental Meditation
by Global Good News staff writer
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6 August 2013
The Quiet Time programme is a unique educational programme that gives students a period in which they can practise Transcendental Meditation morning and afternoon as part of the school routine. Unlike many strategies to improve education in the United States, Quiet Time introduces a new element into the school day—Transcendental Meditation—while keeping the rest of the curriculum essentially the same.
Its great value, school teachers and administrators say, is in providing students a method of stress relief that will allow them to be more creative, rested, and focused on their lessons.
The principal of a school in New York City said, 'It is really an extraordinary gift to give young people.' She added that she has noticed changes in herself since learning Transcendental Meditation.
'I feel like everything has slowed down and I can put things in order and can deal with things as they come at me. I just feel so much more productive in my role as a principal, as a friend, as a parent, and it has just been an enormous gift.'
A businesswoman connected a public high school in a nearby state with the Quiet Time programme and quickly heard back from the school's principal. 'She texted me later and said, ''We need this in our school.'' '
The school has about 900 students, one third of whom are classified as having special needs.
About giving other schools an opportunity to have the programme, she added, 'This work is so important. It is critical.'
The New York principal said, 'I really do feel that this programme is one of the things that could transform American education.'
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