Usually when a child is misbehaving, a school uses detention or suspension as a form of discipline. This method is used to give children a timeout to reflect on their actions that brought them there in the first place. The outcome that is expected is that the child will come to the realization of what they’ve done in hopes of them learning from their mistakes. Unfortunately, this form of discipline has proven to not be effective.
There is however a different approach that a school is using that is showing great results. Baltimore school Robert W. Coleman Elementary School has teamed up with the Holistic Life Foundation to offer their students the Mindful Moment Program. What this program has to offer is meditation and breathing technics as a way to bring clarity to the children’s mind, body, and soul.
Ever since Robert W. Coleman Elementary School had the Mindful Moment Program offered to their students last academic year there has been zero suspensions reported. In addition, there has also been an increase in attendance and overall good behavior among their students. Due to the success of this program, other schools such as Patterson Park High School are following suit and choosing this program over traditional punishment and results are the same.
What the Holistic Life Foundation is proving with their Mindful Moment Program is that it is time to get rid of the traditional punishment in replace of something more effective. By giving students detention or suspension is just giving them the “out of sight out of mind” treatment when it should be the other way around. When a child is showing misbehaving actions, it’s best to engage them with the help that they need to have a longer lasting effect.
If you’re interesting in learning more about the Holistic Life Foundation and their Mindful Moment Program, feel free to visit their website.