I was interested to read an article asking whether  our schools should teach children to ‘dive within’ citing David Lynch‘s desire to spread the word about Transcendental Meditation. 

There’s no doubt that stress can interfere with children’s attention, memory and organisation skills – and a recent national inquiry by the Children’s Society portrayed Britain as a nation of pressurised and overtested children.  Lynch believes that we should help young people cope with stress through silent meditation. I find his general argument persuasive, although despite the significance of the Beatles in my early life, I have never bought into the whole TM thing. Lynch says, Every child should have one class period a day to dive within himself and experience the field of silence – bliss – the enormous reservoir of energy and intelligence that is deep within all of us.

Perhaps this is asking too much both of teachers and children. However, giving more thought to providing opportunities for peaceful reflection and quiet contemplation might result in a more positive learning experience for our children.