Last week, one of my friends ask me to accompany him to visit his therapist. He has a chronic stress problem and needs to visit the clinic every month. I went with him and was waiting for him outside the consulting clinic, where I observe a bunch of people doing meditation in a separate room. They were all looking 30 to 40 years of adults. There was an instructor who is also sitting with them. On my way back home, I thought in a world of chaos where students, nowadays, becoming the victim of competition and grades why don’t there should a platform where they can get relief from their study stress?
Recently I read an article by True Activist that stress upon the need of having he meditation classes should be part of the school curriculum. According to the article, when children act out by kicking and screaming, very often it is simply because they don’t understand what they are going through, and can’t find a better way to express their feelings. When they have a tantrum, it is most likely because they are struggling to deal with new and complex emotions that they are feeling for the first time in their lives.
Luckily, the need was felt by many countries, including England, where 360 schools will be going to teach meditation, techniques for muscle relaxation and breathing exercises for mindfulness as a part of their taught curricula. The reason for such intervention, as indicated by NHS, was the early onset of depression and anxiety among school going children. Apart from England, many other countries have added meditation as a subject among their school syllabus. In 2016, a school in Baltimore decided to replace detention for an area where the children could go to practice some breathing and stretching exercises instead. This is a way to keep students stress-free to increase their focus within the classroom.
Many schools in different countries believe this is an improved manner the problem, rather than punishing and embarrassing the child in front of their peers, which was probably the cause of the problem from the very beginning. Teaching children how to deal with emotions will most likely be very foreign and uncomfortable, but it will reap the benefits in the end. The goal is to have the children master the habit of clearing their mind from stress and anxiety and being present and more focused in class.
Do you think all schools should teach mindfulness and meditation?