School choosing meditation over detention

At Robert W. Coleman Elementary School in Baltimore, the focus is on de-escalating situations first rather than going straight to discipline. So, when a student acts up, he or she is sent to the “Mindful Moment Room,” which, CNN reports, is “a warm, brightly lit space strewn with purple floor pillows, yoga mats and the scents of essential oils.”

For these kids, taking that break from their chaotic lives beneath the poverty line is working. “When I get mad at something or somebody, I just take some deep breaths, keep doing my work and tune everyone out,” said Dacari Crawford, 9. “It gives you good confidence when you need to do something important.”

While disciplinary methods are still on the table, the need for them has become rare.