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A school turns anxiety-ridden moments into calm and peace
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28 January 2012
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The article features a talk by Javier Guzman, principal of New Village Charter School for Girls in Los Angeles, at the David Lynch Foundation's third annual Change Begins Within gala held in LA in December.
Mr Guzman expects more from his students than what he considers to be 'a poison of low expectations that clearly has been institutionalized and reinforced in our educational system'. He wants to raise the bar for them and give them the means to reach that higher level. There is a need to 'build schools that consider the whole person, that understand that our students have passions and interests, and that give them the tools to transcend their environments,' the principal says.
Noting the great challenges facing his students—pregnancy, drug addiction, being victims of violence and abuse, poverty—Mr Guzman talks about the programme which has been implemented in his school, Quiet Time with Transcendental Meditation.
'This work of teaching TM to our students isn't only about releasing stress,' Mr Guzman says. 'For my students and thousands like them, it's about combating the problem of poverty. . . . This work is about breaking destructive cycles of behaviour. It's about being given the tools to truly reach one's full potential. And, as one of my students stated, it's about opening a door to someone I never knew I could be.'
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