Target: John B. King, Jr., Secretary of Education
Goal: Require schools to explore alternatives to detention and teach children meditation instead.
Traditional punishments like detention can be isolating and frustrating for students, and do nothing to encourage a proactive approach to behavior problems. Students are forced to sit quietly, stifling productivity, creativity, and reflection. Robert W. Coleman Elementary school introduced meditation as an alternative to detention, with incredibly encouraging results.
Coleman Elementary introduced its Mindful Moment Room, where children who misbehave are encouraged to relax and reflect on what they did wrong. Students learn from their mistakes by fostering positivity toward the people or situations that cause them stress. The year that the Mindful Moment Room was introduced, Coleman Elementary did not have to suspend a single student. School systems and their students throughout the country could benefit hugely from following the example of Coleman Elementary. Sign below to make meditation a replacement for detention.
Dear Secretary King,
Students hugely benefit from the use of meditation as an alternative to punishments like detention following misbehavior. Implementing meditation to encourage relaxation, the direction of positive energy, and reflection about wrongdoing is a much more successful method of combating behavior issues than the frustrating and isolating “sit still and do nothing” environment that detention creates. It is time we reassessed our punishments to ensure that we are really doing what is best for our kids.
Robert W. Coleman Elementary school introduced its Mindful Moment Room to replace detention with meditation. Students are encouraged to relax and to create a positive environment surrounding stressful situations. This has been hugely successful and resulted in a significant decrease in suspensions — the same year that the Mindful Moment Room was introduced, Coleman Elementary did not suspend a single student. Schools and students across the country stand to gain a lot from emanating Coleman Elementary’s example. I urge you to encourage schools nationwide to follow in Coleman Elementary’s footsteps and use meditation as a healthy alternative to detention.
[Your Name Here]
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