The Department of Education is spending at least $2.5 million to teach kindergartners how to meditate, in a new program that’s being introduced in 3,000 Chicago schools.

It’s all part of a recent movement called mindfulness, Steve Doocy said on “Fox and Friends” yesterday morning.

The experimental program carries a price tag of $2,513,093, according to The Washington Free Beacon.

Its goal is “to increase the self-regulation and engagement in learning of young children in low-performing schools.”


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Three times a day, students in these newly designated “calm classrooms” will pause to do activities promoting mindfulness, such as guided breathing exercises or yoga poses.

“Calm spots” will be marked to let kids put on noise-canceling headphones and tune out the world, writes the group behind the program, The Erikson Institute.

They’ll also be able to watch nature videos on electronic tablets to “promote attention replenishment,” said the Institute, a graduate school that specializes in early childhood development.

Students aren't the only ones enlisted. Teachers will be also required to perform mindfulness exercises at the start of every staff meeting, according to the initiative.

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