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New study finds Transcendental Meditation boosts student grades, graduation rates: PsychCentral reports
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28 June 2013
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A new study published in the June 2013 issue of the journal Education (Vol. 133, No. 4)* shows practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique was associated with higher graduation rates, compared to controls.
The online science news site, PsychCentral, reports on the study.
Researchers believe improved graduation rates (versus dropping out) translates into higher earning potential, less crime and incarceration, and less dependence on government assistance programs.
The most recent data shows that only 69 percent of students graduate from U.S. schools.
Robert D. Colbert, Ph.D.
''While there are bright spots in public education today, urban schools on the whole tend to suffer from a range of factors which contribute to poor student academic performance and low graduation rates,' according to lead author Robert D. Colbert, Ph.D., Associate Professor, and Director of Neag School of Education's Diversity Council at University of Connecticut.
''Students need to be provided with value-added educational programs that can provide opportunities for school success. Our study investigated one such program, Transcendental Meditation, which appears to hold tremendous promise for enriching the lives of our nation's students.''
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* 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.
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