Teaching Mindfulness in Schools
An Education Minister, Edward Timpson, has said that schools across the country should start teaching mindfulness as a "normal part of the school day".
We are delighted to share with you, as indeed we shared on the Yoga4NHS page a couple of days ago, that an Education Minister, Edward Timpson, has said that schools across the country should start teaching mindfulness as a "normal part of the school day". Speaking during a debate in Parliament, Mr Timpson warned that “children cannot unplug from their online world, and that is changing the shape of many of their relationships and the pressures that they come under at a much more tender age”.
We cannot agree with Mr Timpson more. Children are spending more screen-time than ever, with some reports suggesting that children spend an average of six hours or more on their computers, phones, watching TV etc. Six hours! It can be incredibly difficult to 'up-plug' from such technology, with the brain and mind continuing to be over-stimulated even between-screen time. Add to this the growing pressures on children in the education system (more standardised testing being a huge culprit here) and it is perhaps easy to imagine why teaching mindfulness as a normal part of the school day could be so very beneficial for the younger generation. Let's do all that we can to make this happen!