Mindfulness training replacing traditional health classes
- Health classes at many New York independent schools are abandoning awkward lectures on the harms of drugs and promiscuous sex in favor of a broader repertoire that includes topics such as life skills and mindfulness.
- The Independent School Health Association is also pushing for the adoption of health guidelines that encompass "emotional, intellectual, and social well-being."
- This focus on instilling healthy habits plays out differently at each school, but some examples include healthier lunch options; lessons on food justice, gender identity and social justice; mandatory yoga; and mindfulness lessons.
Schools are not just about academic growth — they are meant to teach young people how to be good, productive members of society. These classes and the focus on "emotional, intellectual and social well-being," are an amazing start in making this a reality. Of course, independent schools tend to have more agency and funds to make this sort of learning a reality.
There are also a few more hurdles to go through with traditional public schools. Take for example Encinitas Union School District, which was sued by the National Center for Law & Policy over the instruction of yoga. Why? Two parents said the classes violate laws decreeing the separation of church and state. A unique situation, but still an indication of the many considerations public schools must keep in mind.
- Wall Street Journal Schools Rethink Health Class, Incorporate Mindfulness Training