Research in the fields of psychology, education and neuroscience shows teaching meditation in schools is having positive effects on students' well-being, social skills and academic skills.A recent meta-review of the impact of meditation in schools combined the results from 15 studies and almost 1800 students from the UK, Australia, Canada, India, the US and Taiwan. Students who were taught meditation at school reported higher optimism, more positive emotions, stronger self-identity, greater self-acceptance and took better care of their health as well as experiencing reduced anxiety, stress and depression. The review also showed that meditation helps the social life of students by leading to increases in pro-social behaviour (like helping others) and decreases in anti-social behaviour (like anger and disobedience). Finally, meditation was found to improve a host of academic and learning skills in students.
These teaching techniques may not seem of sufficient academic nature to take place in schools.
While meditation is an age-old practice, the scientific journey into the effect of meditation education is only just beginning.


Schools can better recognise the aspects of the school that are already drawing on meditation without perhaps calling it that name. The research showed meditation is beneficial in most cases and led to three broad outcomes for students: higher well-being, better social skills and greater academic skills. This was compared to before the meditation programs and compared to peers who were not taught meditation. Detractors argue that it should not be introduced in schools until the long-term value is better known. This suggests the long-term effects of meditation are likely to be much more beneficial in school students than adults. However, the positive evidence of meditation has led large numbers of teachers to find time for meditation in school, particularly in Australia.


In other schools, meditation is being used as a quick learning readiness tool at the start of academic classes. For example, many aspects of existing curricula in drama, music, art, physical education and outdoor education are already using meditative and attention-focusing techniques. The combined data from MeditationCapsules and Smiling Minds, two Australian organisations that provide mindfulness training to schools, show that more than 7500 teachers are using mindfulness. First, meditation training can become a core part of teacher education so that all teachers are skilled in the use of mediation as part of their teaching toolkit.



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