$100 Million Spent on New Age Religion “Mindfulness” Practices for Schools

PolitiChicks.comHave you all heard of mindfulness? It’s a sort of meditation that heavily resembles the Buddhist practice.

I wrote an article last summer about Buddhism being introduced to the classroom through the new “mindfulness techniques” being used in schools across the United States.

According to Fox News’ article,

“The National Institutes of Health has spent over $100 million studying the New Age meditation technique, but it is not the only federal agency pouring federal funding into mindfulness. The Education Department has introduced a ‘Calm Classroom’ program into 3,000 schools through its Investing in Innovation fund, costing taxpayers $2,513,093.

Mindfulness is a secular, psychological mode involving non-judgmental focus on present-moment sensations, and has been shown to have a number of benefits to well-being,” the grant abstract for the project states. ‘Our project offers an innovative approach not only because mindfulness is unique relative to traditional social-emotional learning (SEL) programs, but also because of added elements designed to replenish children’s focus directly back into the content of school, including always-available ways to take very brief ‘brain breaks.’”

The program involves classrooms doing mindfulness activities three times a day. The exercises include “guided breathing with eyes closed, stretching, yoga-inspired poses, ‘body scan’ visualizations, focus on external objects, and ‘social mindfulness’ exercises involving peer interaction.”

You might ask, what is wrong with this kind of program? After all, many children have trouble being calm and sitting in a classroom all day without being disruptive. This must help the teacher and student, right?

Here’s the gigantic gorilla in the middle of the room: Mindfulness is a secular new age religion.

As if this wasn’t bad enough, the mention of social emotional learning brings its own heap of bad news. They’re not teaching emotions so much as telling the child the “right emotions” to have in any given situation, according to dubious theories put forth by John Dewey, perhaps the worst offender to children’s individuality in the last 125 years.  

So we are paying, through our tax dollars, to send our children to a school that is teaching a secular religion that goes against what we may personally believe. In case you can’t grasp the irony of this, just imagine you are an atheist or agnostic and you find out that your child is having dedicated prayer time in the classroom where they read the Bible. Or they’re on a prayer rug 5 times a day facing Mecca.

Meanwhile, atheists and others love to yell as much as they can about separation of church and state and keeping that horrible Christianity out of our schools so as not to brainwash children into being Bible thumping bigots!  People in Portland Oregon were recently rallying around getting The Good News Club out of their district because they believe religion needs to stay out of schools–and yet ‘new age religion’ is welcomed with open arms. 

I understand the need to come up with solutions to the problem of children becoming distracted and disrupting the classroom. I’ll pretend for a moment that kids are actually created to sit in an enclosed space for 6 to 7 hours a day, heads down, working diligently on worksheets.

Perhaps the geniuses at the DOE can come up with a way that doesn’t involve the metaphorical cranking open of ones skull and emptying it out so that they can then fill it with secular new age religion. And, hey, while they’re filling your child’s head with government approved meditation, don’t worry about whatever else they might slip in as well.

Macey France

Oregon PolitiChick Macey France is co-founder of the Stop Common Core in Oregon and is working with parents across the state to educate and help them to learn how to advocate for their children's education. Macey has spoken at many Common Core informational meetings across the state of Oregon. Macey's articles on Common Core have been picked up by various news outlets and she has been a guest on many radio shows across the nation. Macey's article about The Bluest Eye was featured on a panel on Al Jazeera America and was nominated for a CPAC Blogger Award for Best Sunlight Post of 2013. Macey is a strong conservative with libertarian leanings, making her more of a "conservatarian." Preserving the constitutional and moral values of that this great nation was founded on for her children is her priority. She is a stay at home mom of two boys who are now in elementary school. As a mom who has always been interested in politics, religion and all of the taboo subjects, she has always had a lot to say about the state of the nation. When she realized the Common Core Standards were not only bad news for children but a government coup over education, she decided to fight back and is now considered one of the nation's leading experts on all-things-Common Core. When she's not having uncomfortable arguments with strangers on Facebook she can be found spending time with her husband of 15 years and two sons. Find Macey France on Facebook and Twitter: @MaceyFrancePC

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