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Pioneering school principal brings peace to inner city children
by Puki Freeberg
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27 July 2010
Dr George Rutherford, an educator for 45 years and school principal for 35 years, was one of the first educators in the United States to establish the Quiet Time Program, a period at the beginning and end of the school day that allows school children to practice the Transcendental Meditation technique. In a video interview, he says that as a result, ''our kids are able to focus better and we are able to develop brighter students because of the Transcendental Meditation program.''
As the principal and chief operating officer of the Fletcher-Johnson Educational Center in Washington, DC, USA, Dr Rutherford introduced the Transcendental Meditation technique to more than a thousand students and faculty in the mid-1990s.
Dr. Rutherford has been in education for 45 years, and a principal for 35 years. He is currently the principal of the Ideal Academy Public Charter School, an award-winning school located in the heart of Washington, DC.
In this video interview Dr. Rutherford says: ''I have tried every program that has been put out by the federal government to improve students' academic performance, to reduce the violence, to eradicate drugs. None of those programs did what they thought it would do. The Transcendental Meditation program is the one program that will do all of it, and more. Our kids are able to focus better and we are able to develop brighter students because of the Transcendental Meditation program.''
In a time when stress, violence, and drug abuse plague the students in our school systems, Dr. Rutherford urges educators to introduce the Transcendental Meditation program in their schools to help reduce stress. ''You will not see the crime and abusive behavior taking place in our schools. Schools will be a great place for young people to go and to learn.''
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