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It was 6:30 p.m. The lights were still on at Needham High School, here in the affluent Boston suburbs. Paul Richards, the principal, was meeting with the Stress Reduction Committee.

On the agenda: finding the right time to bring in experts to train students in relaxation techniques.

Dont try to have them teach relaxation in study hall, said Olivia Boyd, a senior. Students, she explained, wont want to interrupt their work. They were already too busy before or after school for the training.

No one is busier than Josh Goldman. Captain of varsity tennis, president of the Spanish club and a member of the student council and the Stress Reduction Committee, Josh was not able to squeeze in the meeting at all.

Mr. Richards noted his absence wryly. Josh is a perfect example, he said. Hes got a hundred things going on.

Here is the high-powered culture that Mr. Richards is trying to change, even if only a little.

But cultural change does not come smoothly. When Mr. Richards stopped publishing the honor roll in the local newspaper last winter, a move aimed at some parents who had turned the lists into a public accounting, Rush Limbaugh accused him of politically correct coddling of students, and Jay Leno mocked the school on national television. He received hate mail from all over the country.

Mr. Richards is undeterred. Its not that Im trying to turn the culture upside down, he said.

Its very important to protect the part of the culture that leads to all the achievement, he said. Its more about bringing the culture to a healthier place.

His new stress committee is starting to come up with recommendations, like the relaxation consultants, and is surveying students about unhealthy stress. This term, Mr. Richards is talking up the yoga classes that are required of all seniors. He has asked teachers to schedule homework-free weekends and holidays.
So let me get this straight...

Moment of silence?...Argued in court...

Yoga?...Greenlight...:
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Yoga is part of a religion.

What happened to that wall?
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Old 11-01-2007, 12:47 AM
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Although yoga is incorporated into many Eastern religions, it's actually a form of physical exercise. Mainly that of stretching, breathing, and strengthening posture. It's actually great for relaxing, which is why this school is suggesting this for their students. It'll also reduce stress levels for exams/tests and in the schools that have started using it, incidents of violence or conflict between students/students or students/staff have been greatly reduced.

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I know what yoga is and it is as asssociated with religion as a christmas carol is.

Ban one, ban the others.

Fair is fair.

even if it is stupid fair.
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I know what yoga is and it is as asssociated with religion as a christmas carol is.

Ban one, ban the others.

Fair is fair.

even if it is stupid fair.
It is used in eastern religions, yes...But yoga by itself, isn't religious in any way.

Comparing yoga to a Christmas carol is like comparing apples to lettuce.
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To address the other part of this:

Homework.

I am in my thirties and had a great public school education in the state of California.

I have gone on to successful college and grad and post grad work at three different Universities of California.


when I was a kid we had homework, but it really wasn't that much.

My nieces and nephews all have tons of homework, hours worth.

They are little kids though, like ages 4-10.
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It is used in eastern religions, yes...But yoga by itself, isn't religious in any way.

Comparing yoga to a Christmas carol is like comparing apples to lettuce.
And singing santa claus is coming to town is about as close to religion as is yoga

so

guess the touchy feely prinicipal is going to have to be sued for being an evil nazi religion imposer.

where is Michael Newdow when you need him?
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