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International Education: Meditation helps students
by Dana Micucci

International Herald Tribune    Translate This Article
New York, United States
15 February 2005

On 15 February 2005 International Herald Tribune reported: The recent study by the Medical College of Georgia, documenting Transcendental Meditation's ability to lower blood pressure in African-American adolescents, is sparking an interest from the field of education. Parents, educators, and doctors in the US are considering TM as a possible method of combating stress and violence in students. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of education.

The Transcendental Meditation Technique, brought to the US by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, was introduced in schools 30 years ago. At that time, it was considered controversial by some. Since then, the studies conducted by medical researcher Dr Robert Keith Wallace and later by Harvard, Stanford, and UCLA proved that TM is effective in increasing physical and mental health.

The article quoted Dr Gary Kaplan, a professor of neurology and chairman of the New York Committee for Stress-Free Schools, who reported that Transcendental Meditation helps students to achieve higher levels of creativity, clarity and intelligence.

Also featured was George Rutherford, the principal of Fletcher-Johnson School in Washington. who said, 'There was a lot of violent crime around the school. But after we trained our students in Transcendental Meditation, they were calmer. There was less fighting, and attendance increased. Students scored better on standardized tests. Transcendental Meditation helped to remove a lot of their stress.'

Another school highlighted was the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse in Detroit where similar results were experienced. The elementary and middle school has been teaching TM to its students for the last seven years. The school was recently the subject of a study headed by the director of education at the Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the University of Michigan. The research collected showed that the students practising TM at the Nataki Talibah Schoolhouse were 'happier, handled stress better, had higher self-esteem, and got along better with their peers than non-meditating students at another Detroit school.'

There was also a study conducted last spring at Chelsea School in Silver Springs, Maryland that displayed further benefits gained from TM. At the private school for children with learning disabilities, TM helped treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder in addition to enhancing the social and emotional development of the students.

Every day Global Good News documents the rise of a better quality of life dawning in the world and highlights the need for introducing Natural Law based—Total Knowledge based—programmes to bring the support of Nature to every individual, raise the quality of life of every society, and create a lasting state of world peace.

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