This article makes the point that mindfulness and meditation should not serve the purpose of distracting students and teachers from the greater educational issues of equity. The article also points out the developing rift between mindfulness and social justice and the need to better understand how mindfulness and meditation can build social awareness and transformation.Source:
Raquel RIos, Education Week, August 13, 2018Description:
"For teachers and school leaders who work in school systems with enormous gaps between rich and poor and widespread underfunding, mindfulness and meditation programs may appear self-serving, rather than a pathway toward equity. Some educators concerned with systemic inequalities feel uncomfortable with how these traditions are often practiced in high-poverty, majority-minority schools: predominantly white, female teachers leading students in meditation or yoga as a way to self-regulate their emotions. Many poor and working-class people are more preoccupied with securing their basic needs than learning about mindfulness, yoga, or meditation."Read the full article here!