A new study has revealed that practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique positively impacts student graduation rates, as compared to controls.
It is estimated that over the next decade more than 12 million students will drop out of school, resulting in an estimated loss to the nation of nearly 3 trillion dollars.
According to lead author, Robert D. Colbert, Ph.D., associate professor, and director of Neag School of Education's Diversity Council at University of Connecticut, Transcendental Meditation, holds tremendous promise for enriching the lives of students.
Analysis of school records at an East Coast urban high school was conducted with all 235 students enrolled during their senior year to determine on-time graduation.
Findings showed a 15 percent higher graduation rate for the entire meditating group compared to non-meditating controls, after taking into account student grade point average.
Subgroup analysis further indicated a 25 percent difference in graduation rates when considering only the low academic performing students in both groups.
Findings also showed that meditating students were less apt to dropout from school, or enter prison, and were more likely to be accepted to post-secondary institutions.
The study was published in the June 2013 issue of the journal Education.