The David Lynch Foundation (DLF) is raising funds to pilot our Quiet Time program in New York City area public schools. The Quiet Time program uses Transcendental Meditation (TM) – a quick, simple, and easily learned technique – to promote learning readiness, reduce acute stress, and improve the overall health in public school students and faculty regardless of any individual’s religion, philosophy, or lifestyle.
When properly implemented, Quiet Time benefits students, teachers, and faculty alike. For students, Quiet Time has demonstrated the ability to reduce stress and violence while improving health, mindfulness, focus and academic performance. Extensive research has shown that Quiet Time students score higher on tests and have higher graduation rates while also exhibiting reduced stress levels, anxiety, depression, violence, and substance abuse. For faculty and staff, Quiet Time improves health and student-teacher interactions while reducing absenteeism and educator burnout.
The Quiet Time Program was launched in California at San Francisco’s Visitacion Valley Middle School in 2007. Designed for grades 5 through 12, Quiet Time was implement school-wide to create a positive learning environment and promote balance within the school. The program has dramatically reduced school stress, in-school violence, and absenteeism all while improving students’ capacity to learn, effectively turning one of the district’s lowest performing schools into one of its highest performing schools. Now Quiet Time is in place at additional public schools in San Francisco, as well as Washington, D.C., Detroit, and Los Angeles. The David Lynch Foundation would like to extend this success into the New York tri-state area. It is our goal that, with the help of the Give For Youth platform and GOOD Inc., the David Lynch Foundation will implement Quiet Time in a minimum of three New York City public schools over the next three years.
"Innovation" is defined as "an improvement to something already existing." The Quiet Time program is innovative and thus entrepreneurial because it brings the highly stressed field of education an evidence-based, cost-effective, and scalable tool to promote learning readiness among students and teachers. By reducing stress, improving focus and enhancing resilience, Quiet Time helps to overcome obstacles to improving academic performance across all populations and demographics.
“Stress is the #1 enemy of education, especially in the inner city. It creates tension, violence and compromises the capacity for students to learn and grow. It also compromises teachers’ ability to teach effectively. Quiet Time is the most powerful, effective program I have come across in my 40 years as an educator for addressing this problem. It is working. It is nourishing these children and providing them a valuable tool for life. It is saving lives.”
- James Dierke, Middle School Principal
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