Why Some Schools Are Buying and selling Punishment for Meditation


Making School Mindful: The Benefits of Meditation for Children

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Baltimore students get meditation, not detention

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This School Sends Kids to Meditation Instead of Detention And the Results Are INCREDIBLE!

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School replaces detention with meditation

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What happens when you bring meditation to public schools

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Some schools incorporate other strategies as well, such as regular yoga classes and other stress reduction curriculum. Why Mindfulness Works A 2010 study published in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology found that mindfulness-based approaches reduce problematic responses to stress. But students in some Baltimore schools are sent somewhere different when they are acting out: a designated meditation room where they can.

Why some schools are making time for meditation by Jessica Glass Kendorski, PhD, NCSP, BCBA-D, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Posted: August 12, 2015 Editor’s note: This is part of an occasional series on healthy schools. Why Schools should replace detention with Mindful Meditation If you’ve ever attended a public school, you are no doubt familiar with detention. It’s been the go-to punishment for misbehaving students practically for as long as there have been schools in the United States, but it often doesn’t work as well as adults have been led to believe. Mindfulness in Schools: When Meditation Replaces Detention Why breathing and movement exercises – and quiet time – belong in the classroom. By Angela Haupt Staff Writer Dec.

8, 2016, at 11:28 a.m. Why Some Schools Are Trading Punishment for Meditation. Reasons Why It Is Important to Set Limits With Kids. By Amy Morin, LCSW The Evolving Debate of Corporal Punishment for Children. By Carrie Craft How to Discipline a Child for Spitting.

By Amy Morin, LCSW View More. The Criticism of Meditation in Schools. Some worry that bringing meditation to schools acts as a gateway to Buddhism, in what is supposed to be a secular environment. Others, such as David Forbes, a professor in the School Counseling program at CUNY, argue meditation programs target schools with students of color.

Actually, we can. A fair amount of schools across the world have begun providing short-term meditation periods to children who misbehave instead of sending them to detention. As detention is a form of punishment and the same children tend to repeatedly end up in detention, schools have long been searching for a way to break this pattern. The “Core Practice” of “deep belly breathing and attentive listening,” i.e. mindfulness meditation, is to be led by classroom teachers three-times a day during every school day. One school district in California expanded its school day by half an hour in some of its “high-risk” schools, to build meditation into the day.

And with good results: The schools have reported.

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There’s good evidence that meditation lowers stress and improves attendance, so the School Board has allowed it in spite of

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by Guy Dauncey
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Instead of detention, these students get meditation.

“Mindfulness in the Classroom: Strategies for Promoting Concentration, Compassion, and Calm” by Thomas Armstrong
from Mindfulness in the Classroom: Strategies for Promoting Concentration, Compassion, and Calm
by Thomas Armstrong
ASCD, 2019

An elementary school in Baltimore uses meditation instead of detention.

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Now meditation is being practiced and studied in laboratories, hospitals, and clinics, and it is even finding its way into primary and secondary schools.

“The Mindfulness Revolution: Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, and Meditatiion Teachers on the Powe r of Mindfulness in Daily Life” by Barry Boyce, Jon Kabat-Zinn, Daniel Siegel, Thich Nhat Hanh, Jack Kornfield
from The Mindfulness Revolution: Leading Psychologists, Scientists, Artists, and Meditatiion Teachers on the Powe r of Mindfulness in Daily Life
by Barry Boyce, Jon Kabat-Zinn, et. al.
Shambhala, 2011

This makes students anxious that meditation might interfere with their religious faith, or that they will have to give up their own culture and take up another culture’s customs.

“Meditation and Its Practice” by Swami Rama
from Meditation and Its Practice
by Swami Rama
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To maintain the meditation system well the meritorious students were taught its techniques.

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from History of Education in India
by Ram Nath Sharma, Rajendra Kumar Sharma
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The question points in fact to the viewpoint of the Southern school, according to which meditation is to be practiced without any purpose, in perfect freedom.

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from Zen Buddhism: India and China
by Heinrich Dumoulin, James W. Heisig, Paul F. Knitter
World Wisdom, 2005

Increasingly, in some schools there is a brief meditation period.

“Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality: Perspectives from the World's Religious Traditions” by Karen-Marie Yust, Aostre N. Johnson, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
from Nurturing Child and Adolescent Spirituality: Perspectives from the World’s Religious Traditions
by Karen-Marie Yust, Aostre N. Johnson, Sandy Eisenberg Sasso
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, 2006

But many Tantric schools seek the kind of enlightenment that includes the body and the world.

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from The Deeper Dimension of Yoga: Theory and Practice
by Georg Feuerstein, Ph.D.
Shambhala, 2003

The threat of the New Age movement cannot be underestimated in our public schools, where children are taught mantras, meditation words, and meditation techniques.

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by Walter Martin, Ravi Zacharias
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  • What is it with the average white person and not understanding what mediation is or is supposed to be? Trying to resist or reject thoughts? lol…

  • Remember to teach these kids that they are different and not the same as other Americans. When you’re different, you’re the other! When you’re the other, there is no moral consequences for segregation or police brutality!

  • Are there schools for minorities in America or why are almost all of the children in this video black or Asian? I am a little confused here, according to Wikipedia the majority in the US is still white? Seriously asking.

  • I like where the video is going but was it really necessary to bring up race and politics in a video on meditation? Maybe put that in another video?

  • Meditation makes thoughts clearer and more focused. Meditation will likely make kids more capable of speaking up about issues, they will be better able to communicate what’s wrong and be more capable of garnering support. If the plan of school administrator’s was to make them passive it will backfire in a really awesome way. You can’t say they’re just kids overreacting when they’re telling you clearly and calmly that injustice is being done.

  • I’m sorry, but suggesting that meditation is being used as a form of social control pretty much neglects to understand some of the practices most central tenants; egolessness, equanimity, non-judgement. These are all things I generally associate with personal empowerment as well as cross-cultural understanding, not classism, segregation, and complacency in the face of injustices.

  • YES! Im so glad for this! Let it be in ALL schools. Change the thought pattern to quiet, u have less violence if at all. This is and old practice, going back thousands of years but our K-12 system forces us to learn trash we never use.

  • I cannot meditate due to A.D.D and even the smallest of noises will get me very stressed
    I need a certain level of background noises to not get stressed out but i am punished
    meditation is touture

  • I have experienced this because when I was in third grade we would do yoga every morning for 30 to 45 minutes everyday, and I would feel better I also had a hard time with spelling and I progressively got better as we did more yoga so I’m kind of keen on this Idea��

  • I am a school administrator and former Buddhist monk. I worry that making them do this when it is not an option sends the wrong message. Meditation should never replace or be equated with punishment. I don’t know this school, but I have been involved in many schools trying this and the result was just kids hating meditation. Disastrous. This school, in particular, is worrisome as it is now one of the worst performing schools in the US. “In 2018, Robert W. Coleman Elementary ranked worse than 99.5% of elementary schools in Maryland. It also ranked 115th among 119 ranked elementary schools in the Baltimore City Public Schools District” Let the children play.”

  • I totally agree to this! Breathing exercises are a good way to relax and clear one’s mind. Religious education helps as well, but in my opinion it’s better to start with something simple like breathing exercises.

    P.S. This somehow reminds me of Steven Universe in many ways. “Here Comes A Thought” kept playing in my head as I was watching this!