A fast growing movement in the U.S. called Stress Free Schools seems to be heading to Montreal.  The key to a stress free school is the teaching and daily practise of Transcendental Meditation.  The tuition fee is $2400 which is partially subsidized by Maharishi Mahesh yogi and his followers.  A group is now pushing to have this practise introduced into some Montreal school.

      My expereience with TM many years ago is that it is a money making racket that may have some marginal benefits on things like stress.  I don’t think Montreal schools should spend a thin dime on this racket.



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    Paul Geraghty Says:

    I couldn’t disagree more Neil although I think the price is outrageous. It would seem to me that any practice that might have some effect on the severe attention deficits that modern children have due to all sorts of over-stimulation can only be a good investment in the future generation.

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    Barbara Says:

    As a cegep teacher who is regularly telling her students to « focus, focus », I would welcome some attention given to such a practice as TM. The modern world is segmented and scattered. To be able to centre oneself and to operate out of an inner core of stability and peace is salutory and empowering.
    As Paul pointed out, if the price tag is so high, I doubt the school boards could afford it. They cannot afford textbooks, for Pete’s sake!

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    jim Says:

    Neil:- Jump in ahead of these yoyos by introducing Unitas’ Meditation by John Main to these very same schools.

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    James Says:

    I agree the TM tuition is expensive, but I disagree completely that the technique only offers « marginal benefits ». Indeed, TM is extremely effective (much more effective than the five other meditation techniques I’ve tried), and very simple to use.

    Moreover, it has been documented by independent researchers (i.e., non TM practitioners) that the technique provides numerous health benefits, including reduction of stress, increased personal control and focus, lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, and improvement of ADHD.

    They know they have a good technique, and are charging market value for it, just like any business would price a product or college would price a course. It has also been shown that you do not have to believe anything of their philosophy of life; just practice the technique twice a day for 20 minutes each and you will receive the benefits. From my perspective, the technique has become an anchor for my life, and helps improve my focus at work and school.

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    John Says:

    A little late to this topic, but….
    isn’t this like installing treadmill machines in Macdonalds?
    Can schools be both the cause and the cure?

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