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US: Many schools keep gardening efforts going all summer
26 June 2018 - The school year runs just the opposite of the growing season, making it difficult for educators to teach children how to garden. But many [US] school systems enlist volunteers to prep garden beds while students are on summer break, making the crops ready to tend when classes resume in September. School gardens have been used as an educational tool in the United States for well over a century ... Fresh student-grown edibles augment public school menus, contribute to healthier nutritional habits and food safety, teach record keeping and marketing, provide exercise, and build a life-long appreciation for the environment. (more)

Lonely Planet founder wants to change the world -- through business
14 June 2018 - The man who brought backpacking to the masses is now banking on business to make the world a better place. Together with his wife Maureen, Tony Wheeler -- founder of the iconic Lonely Planet travel guide -- has set aside 10 million pounds ($13.40 million) to educate a new generation of leaders to lend their business skills to development issues. (more)

US: Utah inmates cook up a fresh start in kitchen
10 June 2018 - A group of inmates are learning to be chefs inside the Utah County Jail as they try to acquire a skillset that can help them lead a crime-free life once they get out. The inmates used to deal in drugs. Now, in the jail's RISE program which seeks to rehabilitate drug offenders, they deal with food, the Deseret News reported . (more)

Gladys West - the 'hidden figure' of GPS
20 May 2018 - From the sat nav in your car, to the tags on your social media posts, many of us use global positioning systems, or GPS, every day. Gladys West is one of the people whose work was instrumental in developing the mathematics behind GPS. Until now, her story has remained untold. (more)

US: Univ of Maine brings goats to campus to help stressed students
9 May 2018 - The University of Maine has deployed a herd of goats to help students get through a stressful finals season at the end of the semester. There was a line of students waiting this week to get close to the goats. Assistant Director of Student Activities Brittney Smith says goats are popular and all over the internet. (more)

US: An orchestra adopts a city, one kid at a time
8 May 2018 - When the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra started an after-school music program 10 years ago, it had 30 students. Now it has 1,300 -- and counting. From the outside, Lockerman-Bundy Elementary School looks forbidding, a tan monolith built in the 1970s. Some of the rowhouses across the street are boarded up -- reminders of the cycles of poverty and abandonment this city has struggled with for years. (more)

South African activists awarded Goldman Environmental Prize for stopping nuclear power deal
24 April 2018 - Liz McDaid and Makoma Lekalakala have been awarded the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize for their role in stopping a controversial nuclear deal between South Africa and Russia. Now they are urging other women to step up and fight against injustice. 'I think it's like when you come up against bullies, at a certain point, you actually say enough is enough,' Ms McDaid said. (more)

Library helps 'left-behind' Nepali women gain cash and confidence
28 March 2018 - For farmers trying to figure out how to heal a sick cow or grow tomatoes commercially in this Himalayan community (Bhimdhunga), help is at hand in the form of a crumbling, earthquake-scarred library. In a rural area where searching for information online or paying for expert advice is rarely an option, the library is a first stop for female farmers daunted by their new role: running the family farm while their husbands are away looking for work. In Bhimdhunga, the library offers a computer suite, a children's nursery, and a women's health section, attracting about 200 active members from the mountainous neighbourhood. (more)

Pakistan: Environmental education in schools is leading to a surge of tree planting
27 March 2018 - Environmental education in schools is leading to a surge of tree planting -- and many more tree nurseries -- in Pakistan' capital, Islamabad. Upset by the felling of many of Islamabad's trees -- victims of rapid urbanization -- the city's children are fighting back with a tree planting drive. Children, accompanied by their parents, are now a common sight at tree nurseries in Pakistan's capital, buying saplings to plant at home -- some after receiving school assignments to do just that. (more)

Reading programs may teach parents and children more than literacy
27 March 2018 - Programs that encourage parents to read with their kids may teach more than just book smarts -- a new study suggests they may also be associated with better behavior and emotional health. The current analysis examined data from 18 previously published studies that included 3,264 families from a variety of backgrounds. (more)


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Maharishi University of Management: Computer professionals student describes benefits of 'holistic life' at MUM
17 July 2018 - Carlton Ellis is the first student from Jamaica to attend the Computer Professionals programme at Maharishi University of Management. He had been looking for a scholarship abroad to earn a master's degree and gain international work experience. After researching about MUM and Transcendental Meditation, he decided to enrol at the university. 'Before coming here, my blood pressure was continuously climbing to new highs, but it is normal now,' said Carlton. 'I feel more refreshed when I meditate and more energetic. This is not just TM; it is the holistic life here at MUM.' Carlton feels his coursework and campus routine have helped him prepare for the demands of his new professional life, and recently found a position as a software developer with a company in Chicago, Illinois. (more)

The value of Transcendental Meditation for software engineers
2 July 2018 - Ali Alrahahleh, from Amman, Jordan, appreciated the value of Transcendental Meditation (TM) in his internship at Walmart Labs, Co. in Sunnyvale, California as a Senior Software Engineer (part of the graduate Computer Professionals Program at Maharishi University of Management). 'I have learned a simple mental technique at MUM, which I really have appreciated since coming to San Francisco. When my real life started, and my responsibilities accumulated, I really needed some moments of quietness in my daily routine,' he says. 'Stress is a major player in software programming; deadlines make people unstable, angry and desperate to finish on time. With the help of TM, I tend to be more focused and calm most of the time, and a high performer.' (more)

US: Maharishi University of Management's data science graduate programme named best in Iowa
29 June 2018 - The data science track in the MS in Computer Science at Maharishi University of Management was recently named the best master's programme of its kind in Iowa. In its first annual review of all 290 accredited schools in the U.S. offering similar graduate degrees, the website DataScienceGraduatePrograms.com found MUM to be among the very best, giving the programme the #1 spot for Iowa in its list of Top Data Science Graduate Programs for 2018. (more)

Maharishi University of Management 2018 Commencement: Full video replay available online
27 June 2018 - On 23 June, 546 students from 49 countries graduated from Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield, Iowa - the largest class in the university's history. Scott Gould, former deputy secretary of the US Department of Veterans Administration, gave the commencement address and was awarded the degree Doctor of Laws, honoris causa by MUM President Dr John Hagelin. A video of the complete graduation ceremonies, including Dr. Gould's address and the awarding of his degree, is now available online. (more)

Maharishi University of Management: Student from Cameroon excels in accounting
18 June 2018 - Maharishi University of Management MBA student Merveille Djappi Tiani recently was named Most Outstanding Accounting Student at MUM by the Iowa Society of Certified Public Accountants. The MUM accounting faculty nominated him based on his academic performance, professional behaviour, and ability to collaborate with others. Merveille grew up in a small rural town in Cameroon, earned a bachelor's degree in accounting and began working at a CPA firm. When he heard about MUM, he decided to enrol in the MBA in SAP accounting programme. Merveille enjoys MUM and finds that practising the Transcendental Meditation technique 'helps you become calmer and be stress-free. It helps you to be you.' (more)

Maharishi School: What does it mean to 'think deeply'?
31 May 2018 - As humans, we are all capable of advanced and deep thoughts. It's part of what makes us human. There have been many different theories or instructors that show us a way to think more deeply than we previously were able to do. Some people are drawn to one way of deep thinking over the other. At Maharishi School in the USA students, teachers and administrators enjoy the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique. But what does it mean to think deeply in terms of school curriculum? How does that change the way we educate our students? An article about Maharishi School considers these questions. 'Whatever goals our students set for themselves - college, career, life - we believe the depths of their thoughts and the ability to live a balanced life will be their launching point for success.' (more)

Can Transcendental Meditation prevent school violence?
20 May 2018 - There is a long process of stress and tension building before violence actually occurs, health writer Linda Egenes explains. Stress is now understood as the major cause of most mental health disorders, including severe teen depression, which is highly correlated with teen violence. Now in many countries, a simple solution is being implemented that not only helps protect kids in school, but entire neighborhoods from violence - Transcendental Meditation, which research has found to be effective in improving brain functioning and reducing stress, anxiety, and depression. Egenes proposes TM as a method to stop school violence - 'by calming the mind, mitigating stress and preventing anxiety and depression, TM can keep the pot from boiling over.' (more)

US: Maharishi School ranked as one of Iowa's top schools
13 May 2018 - Niche.com has ranked Maharishi School in Fairfield, Iowa, USA #3 out of 33 private high schools in Iowa and #2 out of 19 private K-12 schools. The website gave Maharishi School an A-plus in academics, an A in college preparation, and A- in diversity and clubs and activities. They also ranked Maharishi School as the #2 most diverse high school out of 46 private high schools. (more)

Maharishi University of Management: MBA student's case study wins international award
7 May 2018 - Maharishi University of Management MBA student Lani Aulicino is one of 17 winners of Flourish Prizes, out of 503 submissions to AIM2Flourish, a United Nations-supported global learning initiative. The competition is based on 17 sustainable development goals identified by the UN. Lani's case study, 'Applied Biological Wisdom: Regenerative Agricultural Solutions', described the work of Soil Technologies Corporation in Fairfield, Iowa, which uses the intelligence of microorganisms to provide sustainable eco-agricultural alternatives to chemical inputs. She chose them 'to shed some light on a business I feel is providing positive alternative solutions . . . right here in our small, rural community of Fairfield', Lani said. (more)

An effortless meditation for children (because anxiety doesn't care how old you are)
19 April 2018 - Dr William Stixrud is a clinical neuropsychologist who helps kids gripped by anxiety or struggling to learn. Ned Johnson is a motivational coach who runs a tutoring service. Seeing even high-performing kids coming to them acutely stressed, they discovered that the best antidote is to give kids more of a sense of control over their lives - and recommend Transcendental Meditation as one means to accomplish this. An excerpt from their new book, The Self-Driven Child, reviews research on the physiological state of restful alertness produced during TM. This deep rest creates a more efficient stress response in the nervous system - enabling young people to 'let it go' and recover faster. Studies have found a significant reduction in stress, anxiety, and depression, increased creativity and self-esteem, and improved cognitive and academic skills. (more)


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The hidden crisis on US college campuses: 36 percent of students don't have enough to eat
3 April 2018 - Caleb Torres lost seven pounds his freshman year of college - and not because he didn't like the food in the dining hall. A first-generation college student, barely covering tuition, Torres ran out of grocery money halfway through the year and began skipping meals as a result. ... Torres is finally talking about his experience with the hunger problem on America's college campuses: a quiet, insidious epidemic that researchers say threatens millions of students every year. (more)

US: North Dakota Native American student graduation rate lagging
21 October 2017 - Native American students in North Dakota are struggling in school despite the state's overall high school graduation rate remaining high. The total graduation rate was nearly 90 percent for the 2015-16 school year, the most recent data available. But the rate for Native American students was at about 65 percent. (more)

UK: Computing in schools -- alarm bells over England's classes
18 June 2017 - Computing education in England's schools is going through a revolution, but there is evidence that too few pupils want to be part of it. Figures from the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) show only a modest rise in students taking the new computer science GCSE. Experts are concerned. The British Computer Society warns the number studying for a computing qualification could halve by 2020. The organisation -- which is the professional body for the IT industry -- says that would be a disaster for the economy. The other big concern is that too few girls are taking up the computer science exam . . . (more)

UK: Children struggling to concentrate at school due to lack of sleep, MPs told
29 March 2017 - Sleep deprivation is a growing problem in schools, with pupils struggling to concentrate in lessons due to lack of sleep, MPs [Members of Parliament] have been told. Doctors have previously reported a dramatic increase in children with sleep disorders; NHS [National Health Service] data shows hospital attendances in England for under-14s have risen from almost 3,000 in 2005-06 to more than 8,000 in 2015-16. (more)

In Macedonia's fake news hub, teen shows AP how it's done
2 December 2016 - On the second floor of a noisy sports center in the Macedonian town of Veles, a teenage purveyor of fake news cracked open his laptop and laid out his case for why lying is more lucrative than the truth. Real news gets reported everywhere, he argued. Made-up stories are unique. 'The fake news is the good news,' the 18-year-old said, pointing to a graph showing his audience figures, which reached into the hundreds of thousands, a bling watch clasped firmly around his wrist. 'A fake news article is way more opened than any other.' (more)

Australia: How the education system is making kids stressed and sick
16 July 2016 - Thanks in part to an education system now obsessed with a narrow definition of success, a disturbing number of young Australians suffer from depression and anxiety. Her daughter's struggles led Lucy Clark, a journalist with Guardian Australia, to ask questions about what is going so wrong with education in Australia that 26 per cent of children drop out of school, and many others lament losing their adolescence to stress and mental illness. (more)

Kids, teachers ditch school as crisis engulfs Venezuela
16 June 2016 - Education is no longer a priority for many poor and middle-class Venezuelans who are swept up in the all-consuming quest for food amid a wave of looting and riots. Frequent power and water cuts are disrupting classes, and schools have been closed on Fridays for about the last two months. Venezuela has released little hard data in recent times and does not participate in the globally recognized Program in International Student Assessment tests, so it is hard to gauge the state of education with statistical precision. (more)

US: Why didn't an Illinois professor have to disclose GMO funding?
15 March 2016 - A University of Illinois professor was given more than $57,000 over less than two years from GMO maker Monsanto to travel, write, and speak about genetically modified organisms -- including lobbying federal officials to halt further regulation on GMO products. Professor Bruce Chassy did not disclose his financial relationship with Monsanto on state or university forms aimed at detecting potential conflicts of interest. Documents further show that Chassy and the university directed Monsanto to deposit the payments through the University of Illinois Foundation, a body whose records are shielded from public scrutiny. The foundation also has the ability to take in private money and disburse it to an individual as a 'university payment' -- exempt from disclosure. As US senators consider two bills on GMO labeling this week, they'll weigh the value of expert advice. But recent cases involving Chassy and other industry-funded scholars, including one who accepted money from GMO opponents, raise questions about how neutral that expert advice may be. (more)

US: Sometimes 'poor little rich kids' really are poor little rich kids
5 January 2016 - The 'affluenza' defense of Ethan Couch, a 16-year-old Texas boy who killed four pedestrians while driving drunk, has received a great deal of ridicule, much of it justified. That said, it would be foolish to allow an absurd effort to minimize one teenager's responsibility for a horrific tragedy to obscure growing evidence that we have a significant and growing crisis on our hands. The children of the affluent are becoming increasingly troubled, reckless, and self-destructive. Perhaps we needn't feel sorry for these 'poor little rich kids.' But if we don't do something about their problems, they will become everyone's problems. (more)

Boko Haram violence forces 1 million children from school
22 December 2015 - Attacks by Islamic extremist group Boko Haram in northeastern Nigeria and neighboring countries have forced more than 1 million children out of school, heightening the risk they will be abused, abducted, or recruited by armed groups, the United Nations children's agency said Tuesday. The conflict has forced more than 2,000 schools to close in Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, and Niger, the agency said. Insecurity also prevents teachers from going back to classes, the agency said. About 600 teachers have been killed during Boko Haram's six-year insurgency, it said. (more)


Global Good News reviews Consciousness-Based Education

The importance of education cannot be overestimated. Our schools have the responsibility to develop the most important natural resource of a nation—the intelligence and creativity of our youth.

Global Good News highlights for students, their families, and teachers the benefits of Consciousness-Based Education. Founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Consciousness-Based Education enables any school to fulfill their responsibility by systematically developing the latent creativity and intelligence of students and teachers, so that irrespective of educational or socio-economic background, they experience improved academic performance, reduced stress, and antisocial behavior. They can increase their creativity and intelligence, and unfold their inner happiness.

One of the current issues in education is the rise of classroom stress, which fuels widespread problems in education, including poor academic achievement, anxiety, depression, school violence, and teacher burnout.

For the prevention of school violence—to help neutralize the stress that is a root cause of it, and one of the most intractable education issues—many schools are establishing a 'Quiet Time' period at the start and end of each school day-two 10- to 15-minute sessions when students sit quietly to rest and/or read silently.

Increasingly, during these Quiet-Time periods, schools are offering their students and teachers the opportunity to learn and practice Transcendental Meditation, a simple, scientifically proven technique for reducing stress, improving health, and developing an individual's full creative potential.

More than 600 scientific research studies on this programme, have shown that the daily experience of the state of restful alertness experienced during Transcendental Meditation leads to improved learning ability, higher IQ, better moral reasoning, more efficient brain functioning.

Students with learning disabilities such as ADHD have greatly benefitted from this practice.

Transcendental Meditation and the Transcendental Meditation Sidhi Programme are the key technologies of Consciousness-Based Education, which adds study and research in consciousness—the inner intelligence of the student—without making extensive changes to the existing curriculum or schedule.

The US Committee for Stress-Free Schools was established in 2005 in partnership with the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education to bring the Quiet Time/Transcendental Meditation programme to students and teachers in public, charter, and private schools throughout the United States.

Maharishi Schools now exist in the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, the Netherlands, Mexico, India, and China. This programme has also been successfully introduced in existing schools in Latin America and in the United States.

For the last three years the David Lynch Foundation has been funding schools and students who wish to participate in Consciousness-Based Education: over 100,000 students in schools around the world have been instructed in Transcendental Meditation.

A campaign to teach one million at-risk children world-wide was launched by the David Lynch Foundation in New York in April 2009.

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