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Successes Defy the Odds - Educators Flock to Iowa

Everyday a new visitor tours Maharishi School and sees evidence of the success of Maharishi's Consciousness-Based education. In the past decade students at the school have won more than seventy state titles in science, speech, drama, writing, spelling, art, photography, history, mathematics, chess, Odyssey of the Mind, DestinationImagiNation, tennis, golf, and track. Educators have come to realize that it is time to look at educational systems that are working and producing balanced citizens. Bill Bennett, former US Secretary of Education, said in an interview on education in America on April 23, 2001 on National TV, "Anybody who gets the job done in the cities of this country should get support."

The benefits of Maharishi's Consciousness-Based education has been confirmed by over 600 scientific studies performed at over 200 research institutions in 30 countries and published in over 100 refereed journals. Dr. Ashley Deans the school's director says, 'Maharishi Consciousness-Based education is an integral component of our curriculum. It prepares the student for successful activity by increasing the coherence of brain functioning and by revitalizing and rejuvenating the physiology. The achievements of the students in so many areas is a by product of holistic brain development."

“At Maharishi School what is most extraordinary is the creative attitude of parents, teachers, and students towards every aspect of activity. This, and the harmonious relationships among everyone, all come together to make the kind of environment where learning can really take place. I encourage all public school administrators to explore the implications of this approach for public education.”—Dr. Norman Brust, former Superintendent of Schools in a St. Louis school district, and Principal, Garfield School in St. Louis, Missouri

“When I visited Maharishi School in Fairfield, I was so impressed with seeing so many bright kids, and genuinely congenial youngsters who seemed so happy with life. I visited every classroom and did not find one unhappy child. I understand that their achievements are very high, and I am extremely impressed with this. The students are not only happy but are achieving at a high level of accomplishment.”—Dr. George Rutherford, Principal,
Fletcher-Johnson Educational Center, Washington, D.C.

“When I visited Maharishi School, I noticed how naturally learning was taking place. At other schools, there is a noticeable stress and strain that comes with learning. At Maharishi School, I saw a joy in learning that is truly remarkable.”—Max Raines, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Higher Education, Michigan State University; Maharishi University of Management Trustee

“The students of Maharishi School, from kindergarten to upper grades, have the longest attention span of any I have seen in 30 years of teaching and educational research in public and private schools. I found that the students were on-task more than 95% of the time. Usually I find that students attend to their lessons less than half the time they are in class.”—Charles Matthews, Ph.D., Chairman; former Professor of Science Education, Florida State University; Maharishi University of Management faculty member

“I had the opportunity to have a guided tour of the elementary, middle, and high school of Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment. As a preface, I must say that I was not a Transcendental Meditation practitioner, nor am I easily impressed.

“At each stop in my tour, I encountered smiling and interested students who seemed to be excelling at their grade level. The teachers and professors embraced me with intellectual and academic openness as well as exuding a genuine sense of kindness. While the search for knowledge by both students and teachers is woefully inadequate today, such was not the case at your institution. Whatever it is that you are doing is apparently working, thus it is easy for me to sing your praises.

“After leaving MIU [now Maharishi University of Management] and Fairfield, in the middle of this vast rural countryside, I could not help but shake my head in pleasant bewilderment that such a wonderful place existed.”—Fred T. Kuehnert, Hollywood film producer, President, Skyline Partners

“As a reading consultant, I have visited many public and private schools, and I have never felt such a calm and silent atmosphere in a school full of bright, lively, alert children as was evident at Maharishi School of the Age of Enlightenment.”—Julia Herbert, Ed.S., Reading Consultant, Washington, D.C. area schools

“As an educational scientist specialized on problems of intercultural education, I was very impressed by the new holistic approach of Maharishi International University [now Maharishi University of Management] in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, and its affiliated School and kindergarten during my visit earlier this year.

“The Fairfield model proves the practicality of its approach: I was most impressed by the creative and open-minded atmosphere which I found within these institutions. Any kind of aggression among students and between teachers and students was completely missing. In my opinion this approach contributes greatly to true intercultural education. Any school system which strengthens the mutual understanding of different ethnic groups while maintaining their cultural integrity deserves all support.”—Prof. Dr. Manfred Bayer, Department of Education, University of Duisburg, Federal Republic of Germany

“The educational reform movement has long been aware that classroom teachers and their students are prevented from a true educational experience by societal issues. If a system of education could reduce the barriers to education while enhancing the abilities of the teacher and student, then a revolution in education would take place. Maharishi School promises such an experience for student and teacher and provides a theoretical framework to understand how to reduce impediments to a truly enlightened education. For all children around the world Maharishi School promises the fulfillment of the
age-old promise of education.”—Randolph Carter, Jr., former Director of Diversity and Multicultural Services, National Association of Independent Schools, Washington, D.C.

“One of the most exciting things about Maharishi School is the real peak in curiosity in the students. These children are very comfortable about asking questions. They are bright, satisfied, and cheerful. They also interact very cooperatively with peers and teachers. The practice of Transcendental Meditation used in this system of education empowers anyone to reach their potential, to be the best person they can be. What is the goal of anyone? To feel empowered to be responsible, reliable and to reach their potential for happiness and good health. We want people to feel they can take control—not be passive, but be an active, actualizing person. Students have to feel that way to learn. Transcendental Meditation empowers the student as an active learner.”—Carol M. Fineblum, Ed.D., Grant Specialist, Morris County Vocational Technical School, New Jersey; Former Learning Consultant (35 years experience in education)

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