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Pioneering educator offers to create stress-free schools in Scotland

Scottish Council for Academic Excellence through
Consciousness-Based Education
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15 April 2007

Press Invitation

11:30 a.m., Monday, 16 April 2007
Maharishi Enlightenment Centre
17a/1 West Crosscauseway, Edinburgh EH8 9JW

Ashley Deans, PhD, Director at the highly acclaimed Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, will speak this week in Edinburgh and Glasgow on the extraordinarily successful educational programme at his school, and how simple it is to implement and replicate at any school anywhere, with immediate results. Dr Deans is in Scotland aspart of a ten-nation tour of Europe.

Originally from England where he studied quantum physics, Dr Deans is author of the recently published book A Record of Excellence, which describes the remarkable success of his school, including:
- consistent scores in the top 1% in the nation on standardized tests;
- top international, national, and state awards in science, mathematics, art, theater, photography, poetry, and writing;
- extraordinary athletic successes; and
- more top-ten finishes at the global finals of creative problem-solving competitions than any other school in the world.

The fundamental reason for the success of Dr Deans's school is the programme of Consciousness-Based Education, which promotes the development of the full brain potential of every student.

The core technology of Consciousness-Based Education is Transcendental Meditation, which is the most thoroughly researched educational technology available today, with more than 600 studies conducted at 200 universities and institutions, including Harvard, Stanford, and the University of California at Los Angeles Medical School. This research has appeared in over 100 peer-reviewed academic journals. Among many benefits shown are increased intelligence and creativity, reduced stress and anxiety, and decreased use of drugs and alcohol. Practice of this technology by students, teachers, and administrators produces an atmosphere in schools that is harmonious, creative, and notably stress-free.

Moira Scorgie, a teacher of English in Dundee, said: 'As a secondary teacher in a Scottish inner-city school I am very aware of pupils' challenging behaviour, and the levels of stress and exhaustion experienced by teachers. Transcendental Meditation would be an ideal solution for both pupils and teachers. '

Mr David Rae, chairman of the group promoting the introduction of Consciousness-Based Education in Scotland, said: 'Transcendental Meditation is an effortless, natural technique, which gives children greater joy, enthusiasm, and aptitude for learning.'

Independent evaluations of Dr Deans's school are so convincing that it is creating a wave of interest in the United States,China, Australia and Denmark where Dr Deans has recently toured. Numerous schools are now adopting the programme, which is so easily added to the existing curriculum.

Speaking alongside Dr Deans and Mr Rae will be Derek Cassells, Head Teacher of the award-winning Maharishi School, Skelmersdale, Lancashire. Mr Cassells will explain how easy and practical this programme will be for Scottish schools. These outstanding benefits are gained without any disruption to the traditional programme of study, but simply by the introduction of these Consciousness-Based elements into the curriculum.

At Mr Cassells's school in 2006, despite the non-selective admissions policy, 58% of GCSE passes were at the highest grade. He explains: 'Consciousness-Based Education can be adapted to any school environment. Every school has things it values about itself, about the teachers, about the pupils and all those values are maintained. Consciousness-Based Education enhances the individual, so a school doesn't have to change being the school it is—it can become more the school it wants to be. All that's needed is a few minutes of Transcendental Meditation morning and evening.'

In addition to the press conference, there will also be conferences for the public in Edinburgh and Glasgow:

Weds 18 April, 2.30pm
The Royal Terrace Hotel, 18 Royal Terrace, EH7 5AQ

Weds 18 April, 7.30pm
WEA, Riddles Court, 322 Lawnmarket, EH1 2P

Thurs 19 April, 2.30pm and 7.30pm
Faculty of Education, University of Glasgow
St. Andrew's Building (Rm 433), 11 Eldon Street, G3 6NH

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