How Mindfulness Meditation for Students May Close the Achievement Gap
Mindfulness, a practice that utilizes observation to increase control of thoughts and feelings, might be one of the answers to the achievement gap. Closing the achievement gap and creating more opportunities for students is crucial because many students face disparities and setbacks in school that come from a variety of factors such as poverty, prejudice, low-quality schools, and language understanding which correspond to stress and mental health levels. Existing evidence suggests that mindfulness is linked to decreasing anxiety and improving cognitive performance for students. To further research the effects mindfulness has on the achievement gap, students grades will be compared between pre-meditation use and post 6-weeks of daily meditation practice. The results of student experiences will be recorded by using an existing survey, the Mindful Attention Awareness Scale.
The AAR program is a unique opportunity for Palo Alto Unified School District students, in grades 10-12, to engage in original research in an area of their choosing. Students are paired with mentors who are experts in the field of the student's choosing.
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