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MINDFULNESS IN THE CLASSROOM: Should Public Schools Teach Meditation and Yoga?
Meditation and yoga can help students learn patience and compassion while relieving stress and improving focus. Neither practice is inherently religious, and appropriately trained instructors can teach both in an entirely secular fashion. Mindfulness programs can help students develop crucial life skills that traditional educational curricula do not.
Meditation and yoga both have religious roots, and religion has no place in public school classrooms. Parents who practice Christianity and other faiths have a right to know that their children are not being exposed to Eastern spirituality while at school. Scientists have not adequately studied the effects of meditation on developing brains.
Let your students review the facts and decide for themselves: Should public schools teach meditation and yoga? Be sure to check out Issues & Controversies’ complete and unbiased coverage of this timely issue. Enhance the debate with the discussion questions, “By the Numbers” data, primary sources, court cases, video content, editorials, and newsfeed that are linked to the article.
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