Some parents say they want to introduce transcendental meditation into Iowa City schools.
They say ten minutes of meditation a day will improve learning and prevent other social problems. The group will begin making its public presentations on Friday.
They’re asking for a five year program. It would be voluntary.
After the bell rings City High School students are leaving class, but their day is barely half over. Like many high school students they arrive early for classes or lessons, they then go to school and then there are after school activities and homework. It’s a complicated and hectic time and some students would like a break.
City High Senior Kelsi Full tells TV-9,”I know I’m a senior and a lot of us seniors are really stressed out and everyday we’re talking about colleges and everything like that…so just to be able to just sit and release that would be great.”
Senior Greg Platts adds, “Ten minutes would either be simple enough to get your homework done for people that don’t want to do the meditation or time enough to relax..we’re running around trying to get everything done.”
Now a group that practices transcendental meditation belives it has the answer. It would like Iowa City schools to offer ten minutes a day for meditation either before, during or after school.
Meditation teacher Linda Rainforth tells TV-9,”The person who is meditating would sit with their eyes closed comfortable, they would practice a specific technique, it’s a technique that’s very simple and easy to learn and it’s also very scientific.”
Rainforth says there are scientific studies that show that meditating a few minutes a day can expand a child’s ability to learn.
“Every parent wants their child to be happy they want them to enjoy school, they don’t want life to be suffering and mistakes to be created and they don’t want them to be people who wind up in corrections institutions.”
The voluntary mediation program could be expensive. Early estimates for five years put the per student bill at 25-hundred dollars. Organizers say most of the costs may have to be paid for by sponsors or donations.
No formal presentation has been made to the Iowa City Community School District.
Other TM groups will make similiar proposals to schools around the country. It’s all part of an effort to celebrate the anniversary of the Maharishi University of Management in Fairfield.