The Quiet Time program is a practical, evidence-based approach to reduce stress and dramatically improve academic performance, student wellness and the school environment.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
In low-income urban schools, traumatic stress is a reality for millions of children who grow up in an oppressive climate of poverty, violence, and fear. This stress impedes learning and undermines physical and mental health: 25% of teenagers suffer from anxiety disorders 6.5 million children struggle from disabilities that impair their ability to learn One in four high school students has been offered, sold or given illegal drugs on school property One in three children are either overweight
How will this project solve this problem?
The Quiet Time program is a practical, evidence-based approach to reduce stress and dramatically improve academic performance, student wellness and the school environment. Quiet Time provides students with two 15-minute periods of Transcendental Meditation each day to help balance their lives and improve their readiness to learn. This school-wide program complements existing educational strategies by improving the physiological underpinnings of learning and behavior.
Potential Long Term Impact
10% improvement in test scores-and a narrowing of the achievement gap Highly effective for increasing creativity Improved teacher retention and reduced teacher burnout Greater happiness, focus and self-confidence Reduced ADHD symptoms and symptoms of other learning disorders 86% reduction in suspensions over two years 40% reduction in psychological distress, including stress, anxiety and depression 65% decrease in violent conflict over two years
This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.