Thursday, 26 February 2015

Board member wants meditation in every Palm Beach County school





From The Palm Beach Post
by Andrew Marra

"A school board member thinks meditating should be a regular part of the school day, and she’s asking administrators to look into whether 15-minute meditation sessions could become a reality in Palm Beach County’s public schools.

During a discussion Wednesday about student health, board member Erica Whitfield said she had learned of four schools in San Francisco that had their students meditate twice a day for 15 minutes and had seen student performance improve.

“I would love to see that (in Palm Beach),” she told school district staffers. She asked them to look into whether having children meditate 15 minutes a day would be feasible for the county’s schools.
School board member Erica Whitfield

School board member Erica Whitfield

Before being elected to the school board last year, Whitfield was a school district wellness coordinator, and she emphasized student health during her campaign for office.

After the meeting, Whitfield told Extra Credit that daily meditation might help students relieve stress and focus more on their studies.

“You don’t have to do anything specific during that time,” she said. “Just be quiet and sit there and give yourself a break. I think we spend so much time rushing around.”

NBC News highlighted four schools in San Francisco that are implementing the meditation program, and school leaders have reported a drop in suspensions and better academic performance.

Instead of eating into class time with meditation, the school day was extended by 30 minutes.



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