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Consciousness-Based Education benefits students, teachers in Portugal
by Global Good News staff writer
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9 April 2014
Two schools in Portugal that have implemented Consciousness-Based Education are progressing well. One school, located in the southern town of Algarve, started the programme in 2010 with 52 students and 14 teachers learning Transcendental Meditation. The second school, in the north, introduced the programme in 2013.
The schools in Portugal join an increasing number around the globe that have adopted Consciousness-Based Education, a holistic approach to educating students. Rather than being solely information-based as in traditional education, Consciousness-Based Education develops something more fundamental than the intellect—the consciousness of the student. The goal of education in Consciousness-Based schools is to develop every student's full potential by enlivening their creativity, intelligence, and happiness. Ultimately the programme aims to create an increasingly problem-free, progressive, and fulfilling life for the individual and for society.
A recently completed research study in Portugal compared students in three classes where Consciousness-Based Education has been introduced. Two of the classes had just four students practising Transcendental Meditation, a small percentage. In the other class the majority of students were practising the technique twice daily on a regular basis.
The group with more students participating in Consciousness-Based Education showed a 30 per cent increase in positivity, whereas in the other two groups, one showed zero per cent increase and the other only a few percentage points increase.
This dramatic difference between students practising Transcendental Meditation, and those who were not, carried across the board in academic test results, including in mathematics and language, commented Dr Antonio Bartolome, an international administrator of the Transcendental Meditation programme for Portugal.
Interpersonal relationships between students, and between teachers and students, were much better in the Consciousness-Based Education class.
The only positive environment for classroom learning, according to both students and teachers, was in the Consciousness-Based Education classroom.
The abilities to organize, concentrate and show initiative were all stronger among the students who practised Transcendental Meditation.
The proactive attitude of students towards the school, and their vision of possibilities for the future were both much more developed in the Consciousness-Based Education group.
As is generally the case with students who practise Transcendental Meditation, subjective feelings of well-being and happiness were significantly more developed in the Consciousness-Based Education class.
The study was small but well executed, and very telling, Dr Bartolome said. Teachers and other experts in Consciousness-Based Education in Portugal will be presenting the findings to school directors and educational authorities, to show them the possibilities for developing students' full potential through Consciousness-Based Education.
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