Educação Escolar: 15 Minutos de Meditação Transcendental Para Crianças Melhorou Aproveitamento, Diminuiu Violência, Etc.

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Uma grande e oportuna sugestão para ser aplicada no Brasil. A experiencia feita em 4 anos em varias escolas de bairros pobres na California apresentou surpreendentes resultados. Entendo ser um assunto tao util que copio-o aqui para fazer a tradução quando tempo tiver. Com isso descobrimos uma interessanteorganizacao visando a melhoria na educacao, cujo website necessita ser visto:

http://www.cwae.org/ – Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education (CWAE)  

San Francisco Schools Transformed by the Power of Meditation

http://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/san-francisco-schools-transformed-power-meditation-n276301

Silence isn’t something people usually associate with middle school, but twice a day the halls of Visitacion Valley School in San Francisco fall quiet as the sixth, seventh and eighth grade students meditate for fifteen minutes.

And school administrators tell NBC News that the violence outside of the school, which is situated in one of San Francisco’s poorest neighborhoods, was spilling into the school and affecting the students’ demeanor.

“The kids see guns on a daily basis,” the school’s athletic director, Barry O’Driscoll said, adding, “there would be fights here three-to-five times a week.”

With a typical schools days filled with mayhem, O’Driscoll was skeptical when the San Francisco Public School District partnered with the Center for Wellness and Achievement in Education to introduce a meditation program, called “Quiet Time,” to four of its schools, including Visitacion Valley.

“I thought this is hippy stuff that didn’t work in the ’70s, so how’s it gonna work now,” O’Driscoll said. But he changed his tune, when over a four-year period, suspensions decreased by 79 percent and attendance and academic performance noticeably increased.

Blocks away at Burton High School, which was once dubbed “Fight School,” the results have been similar. Principal Bill Kappenhagen was skeptical at first, as well, and had to wrangle with the problem of when in the school day to grab a half hour for quiet reflection.

“I was like, ‘There’s no way I’m going to steal time from English instruction or math instruction in order to do that,” said Kappenhagen.

Instead, he decided to extend the school day by 30 minutes for meditation time, which resulted in better academic performance and a 75 percent decrease in suspensions. And students say they’re more conscious of their actions, calmer and less angry.

While Kappenhagen recognizes that “there is no magic wand in education, just like in life,” meditation has been found to increase focus and stimulate a sense of calm, not just during the quiet time, but also for the rest of the day, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Kappenhagen says he know’s he can’t change the environment the students live in when they’re not at school, but he’s glad he’s discovered a way to “help our students find ways to deal with violence and the trauma and the stress of everyday life.”

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E como disse alguem nos comentarios:

“Wow, this is great!”, this is what I really wanted to say about this story. Such a simple and wonderful idea, that I think should be introduced in every school. Kids deal with too much pressure on a daily basis, not just in troubled neighborhoods, but *everywhere*. A little peace during the time at school maybe the only peace many of those kids may get all day. And having a peace of mind sometimes is all that is needed to keep on going..

Apesar da seguinte resposta… Mas penso que o tipo de tecnologia tambem e’ problema porque ela e’ discriminada e esta’ sendo produzida por uma ideologia.

BrainCandy-3328906 – 

Technology isn’t the problem. All the sh$t that’s marketed to sell technology is. Don’t blame the tech for what people choose to use it for the most.

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E esta excelente frase para os que criticaram a meditação nas escolas:

The highest form of ignorance is when you reject something you don’t know anything about.

Wayne Dyer

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