Detention has long since been viewed as the norm when it comes to punishment in school. Now instead of brushing the "bad kids" off like most schools, one in Baltimore elementary school is replacing detention with meditation and the results are proving that this should be instated nationwide.
Detention is kids just sitting around doing absolutely nothing. They are not channeling their energy anywhere. With meditation, they can at least have a chance to focus their attention on a positive reinforcement. Robert W. Coleman Elementary School saw the instant results and now has yoga and mindfulness practice during school hours for all students, called "Mindful Moments" twice a day, and even after school.
These programs at Coleman were set in place in 2001 by Atman and Ali Smith and their friend Andres Gonzalez. It's not only about giving the kids an outlet to de-stress, but the programs also helps teach children a variety of skills that can help them in their everyday life.
Principal Carlillian Thompson noted that many of the students in the program have learned to use words to solve problems instead of resorting to violence. Imagine if every school put similar programs into place and we could raise a generation of kids who learned that important lesson?
When schools constantly coral kids who act out into detention and give them nothing more than a punishment, they are low-key letting them know there's nothing more for them. The students then start to just go through the motions. That is why Coleman started replacing detention with meditation and soon implemented the teachings school wide because they just couldn't ignore the fact that it immensely helped their students get through the day, and life, better.
Right now Robert W. Coleman Elementary School seems to be the only school in the U.S. on board with this practice, which is a shame because it seems like their students' results would have influenced others by now. Hopefully, as the word spreads, other schools out there will jump on this trend of replacing detention with medication and make it happen. All it takes is dedicating some extra time to ensure that kids are given a great alternative to the so called norm.