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David Lynch Foundation scholarships help thousands of students participate in Quiet Time
by Global Good News staff writer
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1 October 2013
With conventional approaches in education not satisfactorily addressing the problems of stress faced by students today, Bob Roth, Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation, explained that the Foundation brought together leading minds—the best educators and researchers from all over the country—to present outcomes, data, and classroom experience suggesting that the Quiet Time programme with Transcendental Meditation is a cost-effective, practical, and scalable approach to add to educators' 'toolkit' for solving this urgent problem.
Mr Roth was introducing the 'National Education Summit: Quiet Time in the Classroom'. A new video produced by the Foundation presents the proceedings of the summit, which was held last year in New York City.
In the last seven years the David Lynch Foundation has provided scholarships for over a quarter of a million at-risk students in the United States, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia to learn Transcendental Meditation and participate in the Quiet Time programme.
Award winning television journalist Soledad O'Brien, who practises Transcendental Meditation and supports the work of the David Lynch Foundation, is also a mother of school-age children. She pointed out that for kids growing up in today's world there are too many demands, temptations, and pressures on their time, attention, and energy, and they have to deal with a lot of stress in their lives. To add a few minutes of Quiet Time to their day could be very helpful.
When speaking of meditation, she said, we are talking of a way in which students, parents, teachers, staff can relax. When people have less stress and anxiety in their life, the brain and the mind can wake up and focus better, and ultimately students can learn better.
With high levels of stress in so many schools now, many people feel that 'a little bit of Quiet Time' deserves a place there, she said.
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