Should Detention Be Replaced with Meditation & Yoga?

Are meditation and yoga the secrets to managing troubled children and teens at school? The Doctors examine how some mindfulness time might work better than sending kids to detention.

Many schools across the country are starting to teach kids yoga and meditation as a way to prevent behavior issues. Ali Smith, co-founder of the Holistic Life Foundation in Madison, Wisconsin has found that local schools using the mindfulness techniques have had great success. One school now has a suspension rate of zero and at a Madison high school attendance rates have improved along with GPAs.

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The Doctors love this idea and note that a recent study from UCLA found that that 2nd and 3rd graders who practiced meditation for 30 minutes twice a week for 8 weeks had improved behavior, scored higher on tests requiring memory and better attention and focus compared to students who did not meditate.

Ali explains his local schools engage in mindfulness work for 15 minutes at the beginning and end of each day and all students participate. In more difficult cases, kids have the opportunity to work with a staff member for 20 minutes and then return to class refreshed and with a clear mind. He says that students, staff and parents “all love it” and many kids have begun teaching their parents the mindfulness techniques.

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