Pupils focus better after meditating in Maribyrnong, Victoria, Australia
Anthea Cannon: Every teacher’s quest for a calm and focused class may be more than a dream, with meditation scoring results with some of Maribyrnong’s junior students.
In the first study into the effects of Buddhist education, Victoria University PhD graduate Sue Smith found grade 3 to 6 students were happier, had improved concentration, coped with anxieties and felt greater kindness toward themselves and others.
Dr Smith said the study of 12 schools showed Buddhist-inspired meditation had an important place in education without being religious.
“Consistently the children were marking themselves in the positive category after…