Transcendental Meditation and the real purpose of education: the full development of the student
700 schools are already using TM, and more and more education departments, school districts, and governments are supporting it. What about the our government?
On this page you will discover:
– References regarding the success of TM in education
– An overview of the 32 scientific research studies about TM in education
– Why TM is the secret of the most successful school in the world
– Some videos of news reports
– A call to action for Canadian schools
Some references regarding the success of TM in education
– The New York Times, which placed “TM in schools” at the top of their list of best ideas of 2005 (see NY times article Accredited Bliss). This is just one of dozens of very positive media reports on the effect of TM in schools.
– The Brazilian government, which decided to introduce TM into all 38,000 public schools in the country, for more than 30 million students.
– The individual responsible for 20,000 employees in the San Francisco educational system, who makes a passionate plea to introduce TM into all schools in the USA, after the success of a number of TM pilot projects in his own town (for more info and the video of his speech, see TM in San Franscisco).
The real purpose of education
The purpose of education is the full development of the student
Transcending accomplishes the real goal of education, in a very simple way, by fully developing the student instead of trying to fill their minds with as much of information as possible—information that all too often becomes quickly outdated.
In the section on brain development on this site, you can read how the experience of transcending creates full brain development, allowing IQ and creativity to grow much more quickly than it does for other students. ADHD symptoms disappear spontaneously, and even bullying and violence reduce spontaneously and disappear.
And the full development of the student goes much further than just brain potential. There are other aspects, which are equally important and where the experience of transcending appears to have a equally significant effect: increased self-confidence and moral reasoning and the ability to develop harmonious relationships with others (see relationships); improved mental health and balance (see mind), and improvements to physical health (see body). All these aspects together create a successful life, and by diving within to the source of life (what transcending allows one to do), these aspects all get improved simultaneously.
All the effects of TM in education have been confirmed by dozens of scientific research studies.
Recently, the effect of the practice of Transcendental Meditation as part of the education system was researched by the San Francisco Unified School District. They looked at about twenty different factors in schools where the TM technique was introduced. Results included, among others, a significant reduction in fear, depression, and insomnia; and in both students and teachers, results also included a greater ability to deal with problems, a reduction in teacher absenteeism, and a spectacular reduction in bullying and violence. You can find more information about this on the CWAE website.
These are only a few of the dozens of studies researching the effect of Transcendental Meditation on students. For a full overview of all the research (32 studies) and the references, see TM research in education.
These studies confirm that all the effects of TM that research demonstrated for adults, are even more applicable to students. The research also found:
– Improved intelligence and creativity
– Improved academic performance
– Less stress in school
– Less drowsiness
– Improved memory
– Faster learning of new concepts
– Better behaviour amongst students
– Greater appreciation of others
– Greater self-confidence
– Higher self-actualization
– More energy
– Improved moral reasoning
– Improved physical health
The secret of the most successful school in the world
The secret of the most successful school in the world? Transcending.
The best example of exactly what Transcendental Meditation can do for education is probably exemplified in a small school in Iowa, USA. The Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment (MSAE) is a primary and secondary school that was created about 30 years ago as a project to demonstrate the effect of Transcendental Meditation on the full development of the student. The idea was for students to practice the technique as part of the school curriculum. This demonstration project turned out to be a huge success.
Compared to other top schools that generally keep their stellar reputation by only admitting the smartest students, MSAE admits every student who wants to go to the school. Despite this, final year MSAE students rank on average in the top 1% in the United States on standardized academic tests and 95% of students continue to university. The school regularly participates in State competitions, together with over 500 other high schools in Iowa. The State of Iowa has the highest level of education in the US, so it’s not easy to win such competitions. Despite this, MSAE has won over 100 State competitions. In various disciplines, including sports, theatre, science and the arts, they consistently win over schools specializing in these disciplines. (see MSAE videoclip at the bottom of this page).
But the most impressive results so far have been achieved in competitions that measure creativity. At the international Destination Imagination competition for creative problem solving, every year MSAE students compete against the 100,000 most creative students in the world. They have already won 4 such world competitions and have ended in the top 10 many other times. There is not a single other school in the world that has ever reached these results.
Canadian educator Dr. Ashley Deans, the director of this school, has toured many countries to give seminars on TM in education. School superintendents, principals, teachers, and parents have attended the seminars and many schools are in the process of taking the first steps to implement the program in their schools.
More and more celebrities support TM in education
Hollywood movie director David Lynch, who has been practising Transcendental Meditation for almost 40 years himself, was so impressed after a visit to MSAE that he created a foundation, the David Lynch Foundation, to help bring Transcendental Meditation to other schools. Recently this has been expanded to include programs for military personnel with PTSD, prisoners and unemployed people. Some of the other celebrities (who also practise TM themselves) who have been publicly supporting this Foundation are Oprah Winfrey, Clint Eastwood, George Lucas, Martin Scorcese, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Moby, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Jerry Seinfeld and Katy Perry.
Thanks to the David Lynch Foundation, students in more than 700 public and private schools around the world have been able to learn the Transcendental Meditation technique. And for the US alone, there are more than 1,000 schools on the waiting list, all wanting to implement the program as soon as possible.
Video clips: TM in schools
NBC News (US national television): TM in education in Detroit
CBS Sunday Morning (US national television): The most successful school in the world
How can a simple technique do so much?
600 studies confirm the effect of TM with:
- Less stress
- How TM works
- Emotional stability
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- Better Health
- General Health
- Becoming Younger