School Replaces Detention With Meditation And Results Are Undeniably Amazing

Almost everyone has gone to detention at one point in their lives, and very rarely does it solve anything. Sure, it’s a deterrent for future bad behavior, if that behavior was motivated by something as innocuous as boredom. But if bad behavior is caused by the student being angry or upset, detention in and of itself does nothing to help with those emotions. Sometimes, it can even make them worse.

An elementary school in Baltimore, Maryland is challenging the traditional idea of detention by using something called a Mindful Moment Room. Robert W. Coleman school has started using this room as part of a program called “Holistic Me,” and in it, kids learn to practice mindful meditation and breathing exercises. It’s brightly colored, quiet, and has several mats on the floor.

Source: Holistic Life Foundation

Children who got in trouble for being unruly remove their shoes, sit down on the mats, and are given time to reflect on what happened in a peaceful, non-abrasive environment. Holistic Me also encourages kids to talk to behavioral professionals.

Source: Holistic Life Foundation
Source: Holistic Life Foundation

All of these things together means that instead of children sitting in detention and fuming over whatever happened to land themselves there, they are encouraged to calm down and discuss it. And they are taught that these techniques can be done outside the Mindful Moment Room, so that hopefully in the future they can self-soothe and avoid those behaviors all together- and it seems to be working!

Source: Holistic Life Foundation

Since Coleman began the program two years ago, they have not had to issue a single suspension!

The photos of these kids engaged in meditation really brings home the good this program is doing. They look calm, reflective, and ready to face another day of the craziness that is elementary school. We hope that this becomes the norm in elementary schools, and that these children carry their tools into adulthood and beyond!