Meditation Invades the Classroom!!!
Hide your kids, hide your wife…wait, wait, this isn’t that type of invasion 😉
Recently, the US Department of Education came out with an article titled “The Positive Effects of Physical Fitness and Self-Care in a Dynamic School Community” about the benefits of mindfulness practices in the classroom. Yep, you read that correctly the first time – the United States Department of Education is studying, implementing, and finding the benefits of meditative and mindfulness practices in the classroom! When the keepers of the domestic status quo start to implement practices that some might consider outside of said status quo, it’s time to pay attention.
And with “Dynamic School Community” in the title of the article, they aren’t talking about the entitled – these practices are being implemented in urban classrooms with many students being English language learners. I’ll admit that when I read the title of the article and hear stories about meditation being brought into the classroom, the first image that comes to mind are of “smart” classrooms offered at privileged private schools with sofas and laptops. However, one can find yoga and meditation now offered at more traditional schools with those old wooden table and plastic chair “onesies” that most of us grew up with…but yeah, there are still laptops (I mean it’s 2016, we’re living in the future). They’re even still singing “The Wheels on the Bus” people, but with meditation – IT’S INVADING OUR CLASSROOMS!! 🙂
All “woo woo” jokes aside, educators are integrating these practices into their curriculum slowly, getting both students and their parents behind these efforts, to truly positive results.