Children face indescribable daily stress in this country of social unrest and violence, where safety cannot always be found in school or at home. Quiet Time uses the practical, evidence-based Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique to reduce stress and dramatically improve academic performance, student wellness, and the school environment. The program brings two 15-minute meditation periods into the school day for urban middle and high school students at underserved schools across the country.
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 with disabilities that impair their ability to learn, and nearly 3 million children receive medication for ADHD.
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. To ensure long-term success, the Quiet Time staff also provide extensive coaching for all teachers and individualized follow-up support for all students at the school.
Schools with Quiet Time programs have shown a 10% improvement in test scores, a narrowing of the achievement gap, and greater happiness, focus, and self-confidence. We've seen an 86% reduction in suspensions and a 65% decrease in violent conflict over two years as well as a 40% reduction in psychological distress, including stress, anxiety, and depression. With better education comes myriad social benefits, such as crime reduction, a better-educated workforce, and empathetic future leaders.