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Education solutions: A cost-effective, successful, common sense programme
by Global Good News staff writer

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17 August 2010

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In the article, longtime educator Dr George Rutherford continues to elaborate on how success for a school is built-in with the 'Quiet Time with Transcendental Meditation' programme. (An earlier Excellence in Action article began this profile of his long experience with Transcendental Meditation and high-risk schoolchildren in Washington, DC—first at the Fletcher-Johnson Learning Center, in one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in Washington, and then at two other schools in Baltimore and in Washington.)

According to Dr Rutherford, once 'Quiet Time with Transcendental Meditation' was implemented at Fletcher-Johnson, and many teachers, parents, and students began practising the technique, fights that had regularly occurred outside the school at the end of the day stopped; students did well on standardized tests; and overall, the school environment became more pleasant.

Research studies validating the effects of the Transcendental Meditation Technique in schools show greater academic achievement, increased happiness and receptivity, and improved self-concept—as well as decreased anxiety, hyperactivity, emotional distress, and suspensions.

Dr Rutherford feels that educators need to pay attention to the scientific findings. 'We should be jumping on whatever programme that has research behind it—that has proven that it can make a difference,' he said, referring to some of the 600 studies, including many conducted with support from the US National Institutes of Health (NIH), that have shown the wide-ranging effects of the technique.'

He also recommends the programme highly to educators: 'I would recommend to all educators—for their own benefit—to get trained in Transcendental Meditation. All of them come under stress, and then they can't perform in the ways they'd like to. By practising Transcendental Meditation, we can maintain the quality of life that we are trying to offer our students, and be the kind of role models we are encouraging our young people to follow.'

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