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Principal of troubled middle school: Quiet Time helped us change
by Global Good News staff writer
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6 August 2013
In charter schools, private academies, and inner-city schools across the United States, the Quiet Time programme is having remarkable results. In New York City at a summit on education, educators spoke about their experiences with Quiet Time and Transcendental Meditation.
Quiet Time is a simple programme that incorporates meditation twice a day into the school routine, thus allowing children a chance to release stress and focus on learning.
One middle school principal has seen remarkable benefits since implementing Quiet Time. He explained what the school was like before the programme:
'We were in a situation at our school where nothing worked, everything was broken. The school was a bus stop for teachers; they didn't stay long.'
The students struggled at home and often brought those struggles to school with them. 'We had 89 per cent of the kids who were at or below the poverty level. I had 60 kids whose parents, mother and father, were both incarcerated. So we had a lot of things to overcome.'
He continued, 'Quiet Time helped us change that ''predictive power of demographics''. The faculty decided to stay. The students and the teachers became more joyful. [There was an] 86 per cent drop in suspensions over a three-year period. Looking at the GPA (grade point average) change, we made a 42-point gain on the state testing. And when I retired we were at 98.6 per cent daily attendance, which was the highest in that part of town and the second highest in the middle school system.'
George Rutherford, PhD, Principal of the Ideal Academy Public Charter School in Washington, DC, also has seen the power of Quiet Time and Transcendental Meditation.
Dr Rutherford encourages other educators across the country to learn about the benefits of the Quiet Time programme with Transcendental Meditation. 'I'm so happy to come and always happy to talk about Transcendental Meditation,' he said, addressing the audience at the educational summit.
See related articles:
∙ Quiet Time works in schools regardless of religion, background, or belief
∙ Russell Simmons: If you want your kids to learn, teach them to meditate
∙ With an epidemic of stress in schools, Transcendental Meditation may provide a solution
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