Usually when children display unruly behaviour in school, they’re subjected to punishment, suspension or detention. But a school in Baltimore, USA has substituted detention with meditation.
The Robert W. Coleman Elementary School has something called the Mindful Moment Room instead. The room looks nothing like your standard windowless detention room. Instead, it's filled with lamps, decorations, and plush purple pillows. Misbehaving kids are encouraged to sit in the room and go through practices like breathing or meditation, helping them calm down and re-calibrate. They are also asked to talk through what happened.
The meditation room was created as a partnership with the Holistic Life Foundation, a local non-profit that runs other programs as well. For more than 10 years the foundation has been offering the after-school program Holistic Me, where kids from pre-K through the fifth grade practice mindfulness exercises and yoga.
The effects of this unique practice have been pretty evident as well with exactly zero suspensions in 2015 and 2016.
The kids are also taking the practice home and teaching their parents, which in turn has earned praise from their wards as well.
About time we introduced something like this on a widespread scale in our nation as well. No?
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