16 Apr 2014

Meditation promoted at MPs' inquiry

2:38 pm on 16 April 2014

MPs have been told that meditation could help parents get more involved in their children's learning.

Parliament's Education and Science Committee is holding an inquiry into parental engagement in education and has heard from the Maharishi Foundation, which teaches transcendental meditation.

Member James Hodgson has been teaching the technique at Auckland's decile one Sir Edmund Hillary primary school since 2009.

He says it involves quietening the mind for ten minutes every morning and afternoon to relax and refresh the students.

Mr Hodgson says the Government should fund a trial in a couple of schools to teach parents how to meditate.

"What we're looking at here is providing a means for parents to be less fatigued, and also have that shared experience of something that's going on in the school and at home," he says.