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Smithsonian Honors David Lynch for Bringing Transcendental Meditation to 500,000 At-Risk Kids   Leave a comment

David Lynch Ingenuity Award
Film director David Lynch has received the prestigious Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award for his innovative leadership in education through the David Lynch Foundation (DLF), which has been improving children’s lives in underserved schools with the TM-based “Quiet Time” program since 2005. Lynch will be honored in Washington, DC, on December 8, as one of “17 People Changing Your Universe.”
Smithsonian magazine’s current issue, “Genius Happens,” features a profile of Lynch and the impressive achievements of the “Quiet Time” program in schools in New York, Detroit, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Washington, DC. Journalist Jennie Rothenberg Gritz, in her article titled “Peacemaker,” explores the sources of Lynch’s mission to bring inner peace to high-stress groups, from urban schools to veterans with PTSD, the homeless, and others.
She also reports that the University of Chicago’s Crime Lab recently began a three-year randomized study of the Quiet Time program—the largest of its kind—in Chicago and New York City public schools, which are among the most dangerous and stressful in the country. Half of 6,800 student participants will be randomly assigned to learn the Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique, and the other half will engage in quiet activities. The schools will track data, such as grades, test scores, disciplinary incidents, and police records. Crime Lab researchers hope to get approval for measuring stress-related biomarkers such as cortisol levels as well.
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Read “Genius Happens” article in Smithsonian magazine’s current issue


Posted January 1, 2017 by Charles in David Lynch Foundation, Education

Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schools   Leave a comment

Meditation transforms roughest San Francisco schoolsAt first glance, Quiet Time – a stress reduction strategy used in several San Francisco middle and high schools, as well as in scattered schools around the Bay Area – looks like something out of the om-chanting 1960s. Twice daily, a gong sounds in the classroom and rowdy adolescents, who normally can’t sit still for 10 seconds, shut their eyes and try to clear their minds. I’ve spent lots of time in urban schools and have never seen anything like it.

This practice – meditation rebranded – deserves serious attention from parents and policymakers. An impressive array of studies shows that integrating meditation into a school’s daily routine can markedly improve the lives of students. If San Francisco schools Superintendent Richard Carranza has his way, Quiet Time could well spread citywide. Read the rest of this entry »

Posted January 18, 2014 by Charles in David Lynch Foundation, Education