Parents, educators, clergymen, and commentators are concerned that a "director of mindfulness" has been hired by the New York public schools to encourage staff, teachers, administrators, and students to embrace yoga.
At nearly $200,000 a year, Barnaby Spring has been hired to administer the Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Preparation Program – a program about which author and cultural analyst Janice Crouse is skeptical.
"Wait a minute -- You didn't think prayer was necessary; you don't think it's necessary to promote patriotism in our schools, but you do recognize that the students need emotional and social support in order to handle the stress, in order to handle all of the things they face in school," the Children at Risk author poses.
Crouse points out that yoga is infesting public schools nationwide, with statistics showing roughly five million students practicing yoga as of 2017.
"That's a lot of kids being indoctrinated," she asserts. "But the good news is there are some challenges. There are a number of legal cases right now."
According to the New York Post, Kimberly Watkins, president of a parent advisory Community Education Council in New York, is upset the schools are spending money on yoga when budgets are seriously underfunded.
OneNewsNow recently reported that More than 100 clergymen have banded together to speak out against allowing Eastern mysticism to creep into public school classrooms. The group signed a corporate letter to 39 school districts demanding they stop conducting yoga sessions for elementary students because yoga is "religious in nature" and therefore a likely violation of the Establishment Clause.