Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Favorite comments of '15, cont: FedUpMom, Catherine Johnson, lgm, C T, and Anonymous

On Mindfulness classrooms: another way to bore our students and stress them out:

FedUpMom said...
For most young kids, sitting quietly is a *source* of stress, not a cure. I'd much rather see them spend those 2 15-minute periods exercising, or dancing, or running around outside.

Catherine Johnson said...
Study finds people would rather electrocute themselves than spend 15 minutes alone with their thoughts

Catherine Johnson said...
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

lgm said...
My children would prefer not to be in classrooms with violent children. Meditation, talking about perceived playground injustices, how to be a friend, all of that was useless and did nothing for anyone. Removal procedures are just as scary as out of control classmates.

C T said...
One-size-fits-all approaches are invalid in education just as surely as in psychology.
And I like mindfulness. I've learned a lot from it in the past few years about calming down and observing my thoughts. But I'm middle-aged now. I was incapable of much introspection during my K-12 period.

Anonymous said...
Reason number 794 why we homeschool.

Anonymous said...
Katherine, I pretty much agree with all of your takes on how education goes astray. But there is actually some pretty good research being conducted on yoga-based mindfulness training to reduce stress and impulsive behavior in older students (not K-5 students). I see no harm in doing units of this curriculum in PE; it can't be worse than the usual team sports drills that don't actually include much physical movement and are never used in the future for most kids. The schools that benefit the most, of course, are schools with large numbers of kids whose lives are challenging. Likewise, Restorative Justice wouldn't make sense in a school where most kids already know how to manage their behavior. But there are schools where most do not, or are on the edge of acting out much of the time. I hope that there will soon be research documenting whether and how much Restorative Justice helps in these schools.


http://www.youthempowermentseminar.org/our-impact/research/

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