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Meditation is Replacing Detention in Baltimore’s Public Schools, and the Students Are Thriving

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Wow. This will have a cumulative effect, I bet. And it makes a ton of sense: help them learn something that can help with whatever stresses are driving them to bad behavior. Much more constructive than simply punishing them, which doesn’t really address the problem but may in fact add to it. Much more like what Friends would do. It’s hard to go wrong by being kind.

If you have kids in school, I think in your place I would encourage the school to adopt a similar policy and program.

Josh Jones writes at OpenCulture:

By now, most people are familiar with the term “school-to-prison pipeline,” the description of a system that funnels troubled students through disciplinary program after program. Detentions, suspensions, and often expulsions further aggravate many students’ already difficult lives, and send them “back to the origin of their angst and unhappiness—their home environments or their neighborhoods,” writes Carla Amurao for PBS’ Tavis Smiley Reports. Harsh disciplinary policies don’t actually change behavior, and “statistics reflect that these policies disproportionately target students of color and those with a history of abuse, neglect, poverty or learning disabilities.”

In short, students come to school with significant stresses and setbacks, and are themselves treated as problems to be quarantined or forced out. But why not instead teach those students—why not teach all students—effective means of coping with stress and setbacks? I can think of almost no more useful a set of skills to carry into adulthood, or into a troubled home or neighborhood situation. As the CBS This Morning segment above reports, one school in Baltimore is attempting to so equip their students, with a yoga and meditation program during and after school that takes the place of detention and other punishments.

The Robert W. Coleman Elementary School adopted a twice-a-day yoga and mindfulness practice during school hours for all students, called “Mindful Moments”; and an after-school program called Holistic Me, which “hosts 120 male and female students,” writes Newsweek, “and involves yoga, breathing exercises and meditative activities. Disruptive students are brought to the Mindful Moment Room for breathing practices and discussion with a counselor and are instructed on how to manage their emotions.” As we’ve previously noted on this site, these kinds of activities have been shown in research studies to significantly reduce stress, anxiety, and depression and to improve concentration and memory.

Continue reading.

I have to admit that I doubt that Trump supporters will like this. And yet I bet it would help them, TBH.

Written by LeisureGuy

4 January 2017 at 3:59 pm

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