Meditation in Schools Improves Performance


Even though Visitacion Valley Middle School is surrounded by a neighborhood notorious for shootings, Superintendent Richard Carranza noticed remarkable numbers after implementing Quiet Time. At Visitacion suspensisions fell, attendance increased and more students were accepted in Lowell High School—an elite high school in the area. During Quiet Time, students clear their minds twice each day; in essence, they mediatate in order to focus their attention on school. Visitacion’s started Quiet Time in 2007, and now they are a model for schools in the San Franscisco and Bay areas. However, Carranza doesn’t want their success to stop in their district, his goal is to spread the success to other school districts in hopes of mimicking the success of Visitacion.

Read the SFGate article.