The Robert W. Coleman School in Baltimore has been gaining a lot of notice for its new “Holistic Me” program. The school decided to do something that many people thought was nuts. Instead of sticking misbehaving students into a bland, windowless room for an hour, they have started placing these children in a brightly colored meditation room to focus on their breathing exercises and talk through their problems…and other children have started to join them, not because they have done anything wrong, but because the techniques help them in every aspect of their lives.
“It’s amazing. You wouldn’t think that little kids would meditate in silence. And they do.” Said Kirk Philips, the Holistic Me coordinator at Robert W. Coleman.
The students also participate in building gardens, visiting farms, cleaning local parks, and even running their own yoga sessions as teachers.
After adopting the program, the school did not have to suspend any students in an entire school year. Other schools noticed the success of the programs and began to adopt it as well, noticing an immediate drop in suspension rates…and surprisingly, attendance rates began to rise as well.
Parents and teachers hope that these new techniques will help the next generation of children to be thoughtful, kind, and loving. Being able to reflect on their actions and make educated decisions on how they want to shape their own lives is a skill that will benefit them in their future careers and relationships.
While some parents may not be excited about the new approach to discipline, they can’t argue with the fact that schools adopting the program see positive results almost instantly. What do YOU think of this new tactic?
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