by Ashley Deans, Ph.D.
Maharishi University of Management Press, Fairfield, Iowa,
Imagine you are visiting a school where there are no locks on the
lockers, and pinned to a bulletin board is a five-dollar bill with
a note requesting that the owner claim it.
You step into a ninth-grade classroom to be greeted by a sea of
shining faces. The students are wide-awake—eager to learn.
You ask a question and every hand shoots up. The students giggle
A teacher tells you she has more energy after a day’s teaching
than before. A parent confides that her children complain on Fridays
that there is no school on the weekend.
In the past few years the school has graduated ten times the national
average of National Merit Scholar Finalists, seen 95% of graduates
accepted at four-year colleges, and had grades 10–12 consistently
score in the top 1% of the nation on standardized tests of educational
You are amazed to learn that the school has no entrance exams, with
open enrollment from a diversity of backgrounds. Yet the student
body is brimming with creative intelligence. Published research reports
that each year students grow in intelligence, creativity and academic
performance, as well as in qualities of leadership and citizenship.
Trophy cases are overflowing with state, national and international
prizes for academics, speech, fine arts, creative problem solving
and sports. For example, in the creative problem-solving competitions
Odyssey of the Mind and Destination ImagiNation, which most schools
reserve for their talented and gifted program, students have won
more state championships than any other school in state history.
They have also won the international Global Finals three times, and
garnered more top-ten finishes than any other school in the world.
And this is just the beginning. Students have won more of the top
awards in group speech competitions than any other school in state
history, and since they started competing in 1988, they have won
16 boys’ state tennis championships – far more than any
other school in that time period. Indeed, since the first graduating
class in 1983, more state championship ribbons have been awarded
than there are school alumni.
Perhaps even more remarkable is that these accomplishments seem
to flow naturally without pressure on the students. In fact, the
stress level of students and faculty is extremely low – so
low that faculty has less than half the health care costs of other
Racial harmony is evident, and cliques and bullying are absent.
The principal confides that he’s never had to break up a fight
in the past decade.
The students are obviously happy and show a deep respect for their
teachers. An accreditation board member remarks that during a three-day
visit he did not hear one harsh word said between any students, or
between any teacher and student.
You may wonder if you are in a dream. Could a school like this really
exist? The answer is yes. I’m fortunate enough to be the director
of such a school, and I want you to know how simple it is to implement
what we do and replicate this success at any school anywhere.
So what do we do that’s different? It’s very simple
and the students really enjoy it. For a few minutes each day they
sit comfortably and practice the Maharishi Transcendental Meditation
SM technique to develop their total creative potential. This effortless
mental procedure produces holistic brain functioning, resulting in
increased intelligence, reduced stress and improved social behavior.
The good news is that today any school can offer a practical, proven
program that fulfills the highest aspirations of educators, parents
and students, simply by adding one period a day to the existing curriculum.
This one addition will provide what has been lacking in education – new
knowledge that is effective in solving the problems that plague our
schools and society.
This experience brings unprecedented benefits for students – total
brain development, increased alertness, full blossoming of creative
intelligence, extraordinary academic achievements, more energy and
better health, growth of inner peace and happiness, harmony with
fellow students and teachers, and enlightened social behavior. And
now students even have the opportunity to create and sustain peace
in their community, nation and world. All of these benefits have
been confirmed by hundreds of scientific research studies.
© Copyright 2006, Maharishi University of Management Press,
Fairfield, Iowa, USA