Schools and Students

“The TM® technique is an easy way to dissolve stress and promote a deeper, more fulfilling experience in our existing education system by nurturing the nervous systems of those giving and receiving knowledge—our teachers and students.” —Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D., neurologist, Scripps Memorial Hospital

Nearly 200,000 students worldwide have taken the Transcendental Meditation® course when offered in their institution of learning. Relevant to education, extensive published research shows that TM practice strengthens physiological and cognitive foundations of learning and promotes healthy lifestyle choices and behavior.

Findings include:

  • Improved memory and IQ
  • Reduced suspensions and rule infractions
  • Improved academic performance
  • Increased creativity and alertness
  • Increased field independence
  • Greater emotional balance
  • Increased tolerance
  • Reduced stress and anxiety
  • Reduced substance abuse
  • Increased calmness
  • Reduced hyperactivity
  • Reduced absenteeism
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Reduced substance abuse

New published research shows that Transcendental Meditation positively impacts student graduation rates

A new study published in the June 2013 issue of the journal Education (Vol. 133, No. 4) shows practice of the Transcendental Meditation® technique was associated with as much as 25% higher graduation rates, compared to controls.

“While there are bright spots in public education today, urban schools on the whole tend to suffer from a range of factors which contribute to poor student academic performance and low graduation rates,” according to lead author, Robert D. Colbert, Ph.D., associate professor, and director of Neag School of Education’s Diversity Council at University of Connecticut. “Students need to be provided with value-added educational programs that can provide opportunities for school success. Our study investigated one such program, Transcendental Meditation, which appears to hold tremendous promise for enriching the lives of our nation’s students.”

Findings also showed significant differences for dropout rates and college acceptance. Meditating students were less apt to dropout from school, or enter prison, and were more likely to be accepted to post-secondary institutions.

Further analysis comparing only the low academic performing students in both groups indicated a 25 percent increase in graduation rates among the meditating students compared to the non-meditating control group.

“TM has definitely surpassed what I thought it was going to be...I’m just a better me. I feel a lot more relaxed. I’m less anxious, I don’t worry about things I used to worry about...I feel generally better about myself...My teachers and peers noticed as well.” —Kelsey Leon, student

University students who learned the TM technique showed decreased depression after three months practice, in contrast to students who did not learn. Journal of Instructional Psychology 22: 308-319, 1995.

VIDEO Neuroscientist Dr. Fred Travis explains the benefits of the Transcendental Meditation technique to brain functioning while measuring a female subject during her TM practice.

VIDEO The Trinity Women’s Squash Team was trained in the Transcendental Meditation technique. TM is a technique that increases focus, stamina, energy and reduces stress. After learning, the team placed third nationally for the 2009/2010 college squash season.


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