- End School Violence Now - Interview with
10th-grader Elsa Backstrom
1. What do like most about the Maharishi
I like the loving and nurturing environment.
Each teacher and student has every other
student in mind. We all love and care for
each other. I feel a deep gratitude and connection
with the school and everyone involved in
it for helping me feel comfortable within
2. If you could get a message to all the
parents in the U.S., what would you say?
This is the time to learn from the past so
we can create a more livable future. As Martin
Luther King said, " The choice is no
longer violence, or nonviolence, it is nonviolence
or nonexistance." It is important that
in the future we learn to live in a peaceful
and harmonious environment. But before we
can learn to live it, we must create it,
and the only scientifically proven means
of doing this is the Transcendental Meditation
3. Elsa, tell us why you have had the desire
to participate in the ESVN organization?
I originally joined ESVN because I wanted
to travel. I have continued because I feel
I'm making a difference in helping to increase
public awareness about a program that really
works. As an organization we aim to change
the world on both a local and global level.
We do this by talking about the TM program
and representing the school. We try to eliminate
misunderstandings about the TM program. We
give presentations, make press packets, brochures,
and all sorts of things. It's a lot of work,
but it's a lot of fun too.
4. You were one of the 4 students chosen
to go to New York and speak at the United
Nations this April. Please tell us about
The experience was a total success. It was
an inspiration. We finally got to meet other
students who were searching for answers and
were able to offer our scientifically validated
solutions. The other students there were
very intelligent and talented and it was
a very unifying experience. The ESVN organization
was received really positively and the entire
trip was fun.
5. What would you say to the Secretary of
Education for the US if he asked you how
to solve the current problems of education?
Whoa, that's an interesting question. I would
say that the Transcendental Meditation program
is the closest you are going to get to solving
the problems in education because it empowers
the individual and helps people face life
better. I would also say that I think smaller
schools help, while gun control creates more
6. Any closing remarks?
The Transcendental Meditation program
works. It has helped me face a lot
issues in my life. It's really true
"it takes a village to raise
but we need to start in our own homes
in our own schools.
Link to the End School Violence Now web site