Public Schools Have No Business Promoting Mindfulness

About a month ago, several people started sending me messages about mindfulness and meditation being taught in public schools. As troubling as I found it, I had no idea it was this widespread.There are actual mindfulness curriculums being marketed for schools. I cannot tell you on how many levels this is not okay.

Author: Shelly Sangrey

I'm Shelly, a Christ-following, homeschooling Mom of eleven children ( okay, not ALL children. My oldest is 23.) I met my husband right after graduation, and we've been together ever since. Though my life can be hectic at times... okay, ALL the time, I wouldn't change it for anything.

11 thoughts on “Public Schools Have No Business Promoting Mindfulness”

  1. Hi there!
    I like your blog and what you have to say, but please don’t post everything as videos…or please provide a transcript of the video sessions. As a busy homeschooling mom, it is much easier for me to read an article than to watch a video. Oftentimes, I just don’t have time to devote to watching things, but can read things at my leisure. As well as, it is highly distracting to my students when I am listening to a video versus when I am reading something quietly at my desk. Finally, when I am sharing things with my friends, (via FB, etc.) I prefer to post articles and they prefer to read articles as opposed to watching a video.
    Thanks for your consideration of my comment and your efforts to promote homeschooling.
    Sincerely,
    Alicia Forrester

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    1. I appreciate your honesty, Alicia. The reason I have been doing things this way is for the same reason you spoke of – I’m a busy homeschool mom. At this season of my life, I’m homeschooling 8 children and have a chronically ill daughter. My videos take about an hour to complete, while blog posts take three. I also have a much greater reach with my videos.

      I had begun to feel physically drained, so something had to give. The reason I’ve been posting my videos here is because YouTube doesn’t notify people about my new videos.

      I’m hoping to write one blog post a month, but at this point, I honestly can’t put anything else on my plate. I hope you understand!

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  2. Thank you for bringing this to light Shelly. I have seen a lot about mindfulness lately and have been wondering about it because I saw it as a direct contrast to praying, but I haven’t been able to really find facts about it. I never thought about yoga going against Christianity, but it makes sense.

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  3. I entered a public school today for the first time since ? The locked door with a policeman on guard inside was the first sign that things have changed since I was a kid. Then I had to give them my ID and received a name tag with my photo on it so that I could volunteer . I enjoyed my volunteering, I listened to children practice reading, but I felt really strange in that environment. As much as I love teaching and children, I just don’t know if I could work in a public school. I’d like to hope I could make a difference but I’d probably just get fired for not conforming. Btw, sex ed is coming to Texas. It’s in the news. I’m sure mindfulness is next to on the progressive educrat agenda.

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  4. Yup. I’ve been down the rabbit hole… A call for an uprising is very informative. That’s the main agenda, take over our children. God bless and Godspeed! Oh and I love you I wish I could talk to you for hours, lol. You have helped me with quite a few things and your like my guiding light in this homeschooling journey❤

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  5. I’ve considered the possibility, that due to all these opinions, due to all the political strife, it may be time for parents to shoulder the responsibility of educating their own. We’re living during the times of mass confusion, everyone trying to reinvent the wheel, and people attempting to right wrongs but without and understanding of how to get there. Many solutions create more problems to be solved, which are solved with problem creating solutions.
    As a teacher, I saw the simplicity of my job. Know the material. Teach. Ensure the basics, get the kids ready for the next grade and beyond. Make sure they know their math using the best methods, know how to read with understanding, know how to write well (stories, essays, and more), and provide assignments and projects that prepare them for the real world. We also take the time, perhaps on a Friday, after all work is done, to discuss ways of collaboration and dealing with other kids we have difficulties with. Simple. When two kids have problems, they can share with me, and if I think it warrants attention, then the two kids an explain their problem(s) with each other, with me observing. In this way, I know if it’s real, nonsense, or figure this out on your own, but let’s get back to work. If they have a real problem, then I look for them to work it out, sometimes myself giving advice. Simple.
    But even in this simplicity, which is so simple, we have so many people with so many views that we’ve lost what school is supposed to be. Learn. Make friends. But get on with work. When you go home, then you can do whatever you like. Simple. But as the hodgepodge of ideas grow, and we’re forgetting what education is supposed to be, parents really need to consider what’s best for their kids.

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  6. I used to wonder about this. There is a type person (Of course, I don’t want to put them all under one tent, for they may have different reasons.) that thinks they have all the answers and whatever comes out of their mouth is the truth (This is a kind of self-imposed ignorance.). The same person also attempts to correct everyone around them to see as they do. Some hold their tongue, perhaps because others won’t go along or they aren’t self-confident enough. But we see this phenomenon around us. In college, I noticed this among students but also professors. It was odd to me. I didn’t want to go along to get along, but I also knew enough when to talk and when to remain silent, for I wanted the degree. In some jobs, this also held, for I followed the boss’ directives as he’s/she’s the one running the business.
    For some reason, when some people find answers, they must get others to follow what they believe. And when they find others who are similar, they band together and see themselves as the elites. I see this two-fold, maybe more. They really believe. Or, they simply want to be in the elite group and will change their beliefs to stay in the elite group. This phenomenon I saw in work. I was place in a position of authority, and suddenly, the “in crowd” was coming to me. When they discovered that I moved to the beat of a different drummer, that I was not an elitist, they moved away. The honest ones appreciated, staying. This is how I know I can trust no one unless they are willing to be unpopular. That doesn’t mean the successful ones are wrong. They may actually see and understand, requiring others to follow, but they’ll also fire the ones who aren’t honest.
    As a teacher, I’ve been known to explain to kids how understanding is the key to learning. However, when I saw a student confused by this, or had a different way of learning, I reiterated that I’m just providing one perspective, that they may “see” a different way that works for them, and that’s okay. You see, I really understand the learning process, but I’ve been around enough to know I don’t know everything, and I’ve met teachers who teach in ways I don’t completely understand, and that’s okay.
    My job is to teach the subjects, then use my understanding to provide lessons and projects that help educate them, but also get them to think for themselves. If thinking for themselves is truly my goal, then I have to accept they will see things I don’t. And that’s okay. But I will still grade according to the lesson(s) guidelines.
    Do I want to have all the answers to the students’ lives? I don’t have that. I can only provide perspectives, hold to my management style, and as long as they’re respectful, find the year interesting and filled with learning opportunities. I leave the rest to the students and their parents.

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