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US: Educator looks to Quiet Time to equip urban students with key tools for challenges they face
by Global Good News staff writer
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1 October 2013
During an education summit in New York City, presenters described how Quiet Time, a Consciousness-Based Education programme that enables students and educators to practise Transcendental Meditation in the school environment, can benefit the school.
A new video produced by the David Lynch Foundation features the proceedings of the 'National Education Summit: Quiet Time in the Classroom', held last year.
The president of an education organization in a large eastern US city described their mission to ensure that all public school students, regardless of race or economic class, have access to a high-quality education that prepares them for the rigours of college and the workforce. The agency has programmes in 76 high schools that cover thousands of children coming from stressful neighbourhoods. They are committed to proving what no urban district has yet to realize—that large numbers of urban students can graduate on time, and be successful first in college and then in the workplace.
The organization is eager to share the strategies and tools they learn with other schools in their city and nationally, to prove that meaningful change is achievable and success is possible for every child.
At this time of great change in education, the president pointed out, kids are being asked to do and achieve much more than ever before, even to levels that are hardly imaginable. For students to be able to do all that is asked of them with any degree of deliberation and concentration is extraordinary, if not impossible, he said.
The educational challenges that students face today inspired him to inquire what Transcendental Meditation and Quiet Time might have to offer to resolve the problems. He became particularly intrigued after hearing details of great success from other school systems that have employed the programme as a way of creating a different classroom environment and experience. He is hoping that Quiet Time may equip young people with key tools needed to navigate the challenges they face during their education.
The president spoke on behalf of principals from the agency's schools who were present in the audience, saying that they looked forward to learning more about Quiet Time/Transcendental Meditation—its scientific basis, how it has worked out in school systems across the country, and how to take the knowledge and adapt it in their own school system.
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