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SchoolNixesDetentioninFavorofMeditation

Devin C. Hughes
10mo San Diego, CA, United States Story
School Nixes Detention in Favor of Meditation

A Baltimore school is now taking a really innovative approach to dealing with kids that act up in class or exhibit other disruptive behaviors -- they're sending them to Mindful Moment Room. Decorated with soothing coloring and restful furnishings and art, this room provides a place for kids to take it down a notch. They encourage breathing and meditation exercises and offer yoga -- a far cry from the practice of writing lines when I was a kid!

The results have been nothing short of incredible. Tempers are cooled. Tantrums are stopped in their tracks. The school has not had a single suspension since the inception of the program. It just goes to show that even kids can benefit from the practice of mindfulness.

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  • Courtney Dercqu
    Courtney Dercqu Influencer
    10mo ago

    I swear so many things have changed since when I went to school. A meditation hour would have *never* happened, let alone even conceptualized. What do you think this teaches about punishment though? While this may be beneficial for some, I think it misses the point in teaching children early on that there are consequences for their actions. While I never personally received detention in school, if I did something wrong growing up, I had one of my privileges taken away. It enforced me understanding there were consequences for my negative behavior.

    I swear so many things have changed since when I went to school. A meditation hour would have *never* happened, let alone even conceptualized. What do you think this teaches about punishment though? While this may be beneficial for some, I think it misses the point in teaching children early on that there are consequences for their actions. While I never personally received detention in school, if I did something wrong growing up, I had one of my privileges taken away. It enforced me understanding there were consequences for my negative behavior.

    • Devin C. Hughes
      10mo ago

      It is situational but the science suggests that mindfulness practices teach kids self control and increase their attention span which are the two prevailing issues at that age. For further reading: http://www.livescience.com/9818-meditation-boost-mood-mental-toughness.html

      It is situational but the science suggests that mindfulness practices teach kids self control and increase their attention span which are the two prevailing issues at that age. For further reading: http://www.livescience.com/9818-meditation-boost-mood-mental-toughness.html

      • Courtney Dercqu
        Courtney Dercqu Influencer
        10mo ago

        A fantastic read! Thanks for sharing. Mindfulness being practiced in those in high stress situations/jobs such as caring for an elderly parent, police officer, Marine, etc. I can see the benefit. I think would definitely help benefit children who act out their aggression because of enduring trauma in their family life, which often comes out in school. I could see there being a huge benefit that doesn't solely involve therapy.

        A fantastic read! Thanks for sharing. Mindfulness being practiced in those in high stress situations/jobs such as caring for an elderly parent, police officer, Marine, etc. I can see the benefit. I think would definitely help benefit children who act out their aggression because of enduring trauma in their family life, which often comes out in school. I could see there being a huge benefit that doesn't solely involve therapy.


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