meh. I’m guessing this is TM. It is a violation of church and state to require students to do this at a public school. Also, while TM does have some benefits, it’s also been found that using a mantra you choose yourself/understand is more effective than the ones chosen for you in TM. IMO, it would be better to have a secular, CBT/mindfulness program in school, or at least a modified TM version where you choose your own mantra (and that is not taught by TM teachers, who vow to serve God through TM training).
“Violation of church and state” only refers to forcing religious practices on a populace.
Meditation is not a religious practice. It does not require a specific belief to partake in, and is practiced by people from all walks of life.
It is a very old mental health practice that Westerners erroneously associate with religion, because it was “packaged” with a wave of faux-Eastern enlightenment and crystal healing during the 60s and 70s. And, while it is not uncommon to see various spiritual gurus practicing meditation, it does not require any kind of belief to practice and is not exclusive to any one belief. Literally, all you have to do is sit quietly and comfortably, then focus your mind on whatever you find calming (it doesn’t have to be a religious mantra; it can just be a mental image of whatever thing you consider peaceful).
Further, meditation has been shown to increase the brain’s alpha waves, resulting in greater creativity and reducing instances of depression. And, since boredom and emotional troubles are common reasons for children’s misbehaviour? That’s a very good thing.
Likewise, yoga (also seen in the pictures) is an exercise going back thousands of years. It was originally used in the Eastern world to increase the physical health, stamina and mental discipline of soldiers. Again, it does not require a particular belief set. It is literally just a series of gentle stretches.
Also, Transcendental Meditation (which I myself do not and have never practiced) was a cult founded by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in India during the 50s, and is very loosely based on Hindu religious practices. It is not an accurate representation of meditation as a mental health practice.
The fact that you’ve misrepresented meditation in general as solely a practice of the TM cult is highly disingenuous to those who might need actual clinically-beneficial meditation.