NBC News Reports on the Success of Transcendental Meditation in Schools

Several schools in San Francisco now have a total of over 1,800 students, faculty, and administrators practicing the stress-reducing, Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique with impressive outcomes. (This video was originally aired on NBC Nightly News on Tuesday, December 30th, 2014.)

The results of Transcendental Meditation’s “Quiet Time” in San Francisco and schools around the world (including Australia) have been quite remarkable. Below is a list of the key areas of improvement recorded recently in the San Francisco schools:

suspensions1. Decreased suspensions and teacher turnover
Suspensions dropped by 79% with the introduction of TM in the Visitacion Valley School. Also, after three years since its first implementation, teacher turnover dropped to zero, leading to the institution’s removal from the district’s “hard to staff” school list.

2. Improved student wellness
Students who meditate at these schools show improvements in interpersonal relationships, quality of sleep, self-esteem and significant reductions in depressive symptoms & anxiety.

attendance3. Greater academic achievement and attendance rates
Students who practice TM have improved grades, attendance, and standardized test scores in comparison with control groups. In fact, attendance rates have now increased to 98.3% at the Visitacion Valley School.

4. Improved classroom climate
Schools with the Transcendental Meditation program experienced strong reductions in fighting, much more so than controls.


principal-TM“The Transcendental Meditation Program is the most powerful, effective program I’ve come across in my 40 years as a public school educator. It is nourishing these children and providing them an immensely valuable tool for life. It is saving lives.”

–James S. Dierke, 2008
Principal of Visitacion Valley Middle School

Accomplishing the goal of education

Transcendental Meditation accomplishes the real goal of education, in a very simple way – by fully developing the student, instead of just trying to fill them with as much information as possible, information that all too often becomes quickly outdated.

Research has shown that the experience of transcending leads to full brain development, allowing IQ and creativity to grow more quickly than for other children. ADHD symptoms can be relieved, and even bullying and violence reduce spontaneously.

superintendent“Isn’t it ironic that we teach students about everything except themselves? Quite simply, Quiet Time (Transcendental Meditation) should be in every school.”

— Carlos Garcia
Superintendent, San Francisco Unified School District

5) How can I learn to transcend?

Transcending is effortless and pleasant to do. It can be easily learnt by anyone, and gives immediate results.

Transcendental-Meditation-girlThe experience of transcending can be achieved only in a completely natural and effortless way. It is an experience of inner silence that cannot be achieved by trying to be quiet. The more we try, the more we keep the mind active. Trying to relax is a contradiction in terms. That is why most “meditation” methods that require concentration have limited effect.

The Transcendental Meditation technique is taught individually, by a professionally trained teacher who is able to lead a person, without effort, to the experience of transcending.

If one has had this experience once, then the mind remembers it and, afterwards, it can go back there spontaneously, in a totally natural and effortless way, provided that one uses the correct technique. This technique is taught step-by-step, during four consecutive meetings. This initial training course is followed by an extensive program of follow-up meetings to ensure continued correct practice.

6) Do you have 1 hour to discover how everything can change?

The first step to learning Transcendental Meditation is to simply attend a free 1 hour introductory talk at one of our centres which are located in every major city of Australia. Please fill out the form below and we’ll get back to you with our schedule of upcoming talks.

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