Report on Transcendental Meditation brings uneasy calm

1st May 2009 at 01:00

I was interested in your article about Transcendental Meditation. I used the method twice in schools for children with behavioural difficulties and had spectacular results - first at a particularly challenging school. It was amazing how the fights and breakages lessened until one could teach normally without living on the edge of a disaster all the time.

The second time was when I became head of a school for junior-aged pupils. I had seen how well it worked with older children, so I employed it as a secret strategy, and I still have a copy of a letter from a charity - now called Lifeline 4 Kids - congratulating me for solving the problem of the "naughty child".

All I did was encourage my staff to learn Transcendental Meditation in order to help make the school environment calm and to implement good remedial programmes. This enabled us to rehabilitate 70 per cent of the children back into mainstream education.

Tony Butcher, Retired teacher, Surbiton, Surrey.

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