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New study shows Transcendental Meditation improved high school graduation rates: World press reports

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14 June 2013

New Transcendental Meditation study published in Education

News media around the world have been reporting this week on a new study, published in the June 2013 issue of the journal Education*—the first to investigate the effect of Transcendental Meditation practice on graduation, college acceptance, and dropout rates.

High school graduation rates remain low, with racial and ethnic gaps adding to the decline. Graduating (versus dropping out) translates into higher earning potential, less crime and incarceration, and less dependence on government assistance. The new study, conducted in an East Coast urban high school in the United States, shows that practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique resulted in a 15 per cent higher graduation rate compared to controls. In low academically performing students the graduation rate was 25 per cent higher.

Funded by the David Lynch Foundation, this was a collaborative study conducted by lead author Dr Robert Colbert of the University of Connecticut and Dr Sanford Nidich of Maharishi University of Management. It follows previously published research by Nidich et al. showing increased academic achievement and reduced psychological stress in urban school students practising Transcendental Meditation.

World press reports

Many science and medical news sites reported on the research, including:
∙ PhysOrg
∙ ScienceBlog
∙ Science Codex
∙ RedOrbit
∙ Medical Daily — 'Transcendental Meditation Boosts High School Graduation Rates, As Policymakers Look To Alternatives' 
∙ Medical News Today 
∙ PsychCentral — 'Transcendental Meditation Linked to Higher Graduation Rates'
∙ The British Psychological Society — 'Meditation improves behaviour in school'
∙ Counsel & Heal
∙ — 'How Transcendental Meditation impacts public high school graduation rates'

Major news outlets in the UK published articles:
∙ The Telegraph — 'Transcendental Meditation may boost student grades', comprehensive article by respected science writer Richard Gray
∙ The Times
∙ The Daily Mail

Other international news media reported on the study:

South Asia:
∙ ANI (Asian News International)
∙ The Times of India — 'Transcendental meditation boosts grades'
∙ Newstrack India
∙ OnePakistan
∙ Medindia

∙ Chile: El Mercurio
∙ France: Huffington Post - C'est La Vie 
∙ Italy: AGI
∙ Spain: Tendencias21

Some articles were copied and re-posted on many other blogs and websites.

Click here to read more about the new study on Transcendental Meditation published in Education.

* JOURNAL REFERENCE: Colbert, R.D. and Nidich, S. (2013). Effect of the Transcendental Meditation Program on Graduation, College Acceptance and Dropout Rates for Students Attending an Urban Public High School. Education, 133 (4), 495-501.

Source: Thanks to Ken Chawkin, Maharishi University of Management, for the summary information about the study and press coverage.

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