TV Station Reports on Consciousness-Based Education

November,1st, 2004

The TV news report below resulted from a conference in Oakland, California that took place on Thursday, October 28th. Researchers, doctors and educators spoke about the benefits of Transcendental Meditation for students.

A conference brochure is available online at: www.bayareastressfreeschool.org

If you would like to watch a replay of this TV news report, go to http://www.kron.com/Global/story.asp?S=2495419 and click on the video camera icon that appears directly beneath the photo of students practicing Transcendental Meditation

The text of this news report follows:

KRON-TV, San Francisco
Meditation Not Medication For Students
Posted: October 28, 2004 at 6:07 p.m.

BAY AREA (KRON) -- We all have to deal with stress on a daily basis. Children are no exception. Now there's a new approach to helping children cope with stress and improve their performance, both in and out of school. It's an approach that stresses meditation instead of medication.

It may look as if these students are doing nothing. But they say just sitting, silently meditating has made a big difference to them. Student Nick Fitts says, "It's a way for me to just throw everything out the window and have time for myself."

Leslie Robb-Knott says, "I feel since I've been meditating I've grown a lot in confidence and inner strength."

The students are all practicing transcendental meditation. It's not a religion or cult, it's a simple, mental technique for quieting the mind. Neurologist Doctor Gary Kaplan says there is a wealth of evidence to show that practiced for just ten minutes twice a day, transcendental meditation (TM) has a beneficial effect on children.

Dr. Kaplan says, "Probably the most impressive are the studies of TM and its effect on reducing high blood pressure in children and particularly in teens in high school."

Doctor George Rutherford has been a high school principal for more than 30 years. He says he saw big changes in students when he introduced transcendental meditation into his school. "Our test scores went up, our attendance went up, and our behavior went down, it was amazing, it was amazing," he says.

Because of stories like that, the Bay Area Committee for Stress-Free Schools is trying to encourage more schools to introduce TM. They say it is a simple easy way to help students both in and outside of the classroom.

Aysha Wofford says, "It's helped me a lot. I play basketball and it helped me a lot on the court. And it helped me a lot with my academics."

The benefits are not just for children either. The National Institutes of Health is spending $20 million to see if transcendental meditation can help adults fight cardiovascular disease.

Results and achievements

FALL PHOTOGRAPHY CONTEST 2004-RESULTS: The 2004 ATPI Fall Photography Contest took place on Saturday, October 30 in Arlington, Texas. Judging lasted more than six hours, as the judges viewed more than 2,200 entries-the largest amount in the contest's history. More than 5 schools from Texas, New Mexico, Arkansas, Kansas and Iowa entered work in the contest and 199 students came away as winners. Judges for this year were Daren Braun- professional photographer from Dallas Texas, Tadd Myers-editorial and commercial photographer from Dallas, Texas, and Smiley Pool- photographer for the Dallas Morning News.

The winners are:
1st place: Kirsi Marcus-Beginning Color Open
2nd Place: Deborah Swartz- Advanced Color Portrait
Honorable Mention: Anna Sica- Advanced Color Landscape/Nature
Honorable Mention: Anna Sica- Advanced Color Open
Honorable Mention: Marissa Markowitz- Beginning B/W Landscape/Nature
Honorable Mention: Toby Briggs- Beginning Color Portrait
Honorable Mention: Toby Briggs- Beginning Color Portrait
Honorable Mention: Ella Hall- Beginning Sports

4 students have qualified as National Merit Semi-finalists.
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