Many of the students at Semillas Community Schools must straddle at least two different cultures in their daily lives. There is indigenous culture - with traditions, values and languages unique to each tribe - and the larger Latino and Caucasian cultures that exist and share the neighborhood and larger community. Many times these students must handle a great deal of responsibility at home, often as the sole English speaker in their household, which, in turn, generates a great deal of stress.
The innate appreciation for meditation among indigenous cultures makes the Transcendental Meditation technique a natural fit for relieving the stress of urban life and promoting learning readiness and academic achievement. Over 340 peer-reviewed studies, including numerous studies conducted within student populations, demonstrate the effectiveness of the TM technique for reducing stress and stress-related ailments and profoundly enhancing performance.
Research indicates that Transcendental Meditation (TM) is of significant value for students. Key findings including 10% improvement in academic achievement, 40% reduction in symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression, and 86% decrease in suspension rates over two years. Meditating students also score higher on intelligence tests and standardized academic tests and exhibit higher graduation rates as compared to non-meditating students.