Monday, August 13, 2012

Mindfulness Goes Mainstream

Well it looks like people are starting to catch on and mainstream media outlets(is PBS mainstream media?? ) are beginning to bring the benefits of Mindfulness in K-12 education to a larger audience. This is a great video that exemplifies the growing movement of not only the practice of Mindfulness, but also its application as a Social/ Emotional curriculum in schools.

As it has been painfully reported, America lags other industrialized nations in academics including below average results in Mathematics. Out of 65 industrialized nations we are 14th in Reading, 17th in Science and 25th in Math; however, where do we rank in self-regulation? Where do we rank in emotional control... where do we rank in self-awareness.... what about interpersonal awareness? We can hammer the 3 Rs into the heads of our future generations, but if they are unable to utilize these skills for personal growth and the interpersonal skills necessary to fulfill the basic social contract, then we have ultimately failed. Luckily, it looks like the 4th R, self-Regulation is starting to gain momentum as a viable learning foundation in K-12 education.

This segment from On Point with Tom Ashbrook does a great job of showing the importance of character development and Mindfulness, as well as the science behind it within educational settings. With Fox News reporting on Congressmen Tim Ryan's (D-Ohio) promotion of Mindfulness in his own life, we are starting to see an encouraging movement that is reaching across red states and blue states.

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