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Big Ideas and Vertical Thinking at Maharishi School
by Dr Richard Beall, Head of Maharishi School
Fairfield, Iowa, USA

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11 May 2012

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''As Head of Maharishi School, people commonly ask me, 'What is different about Maharishi School?' '' writes Dr. Richard Beall, Head of the School, located in Fairfield, Iowa, USA. ''We're a college prep school, so our students learn about quadratic equations, cell mitosis, literary analysis, historical perspective, and all the rest. But what makes learning at Maharishi School unique? In one word, I'd say, 'verticality.' ''

''Most of our students have been meditating since they were ten years old, the youngest age to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique. Experiencing deeper levels of the mind is as common to them as brushing their teeth, because they experience refined thinking every day in their TM practice. . . .

''When new students attend our school and learn the TM technique, they're surprised to discover that beneath the active surface of their minds is a calm, steady, silent field waiting to welcome them. They discover verticality, their mind's innate ability to dive to deeper levels, to transcend.'' . . . .

Dr. Beall goes on to explain how the principle of verticality informs the school's Consciousness-Based Education curriculum, through the understanding and experience that ''there are levels to the learning experience.''

In 2010, ''Iowa, the last to set statewide curriculum standards, unveiled the Iowa Core, incorporating not just what to learn, but how to teach most effectively,'' he says. ''The Iowa Core emphasizes 'Big Ideas'—foundational big-picture understandings produced by higher-order thinking skills.

''For Maharishi School teachers, it's a well-worn path to those Big Ideas. Since the school was founded more than 30 years ago, our teachers have related every topic in every subject to deeper principles of nature's structure and functioning.

''This part of our curriculum is called the Science of Creative Intelligence (SCI), including both the study of consciousness and the understanding that beneath the complexity of life lie universal organizing principles. By grasping universal principles, students see deeper connections between their academic subjects, and the relationship of those subjects with themselves. Learning gains depth and relevance.''

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