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From: Ross Olson [ross{at}]
Sent: Wednesday, May 21, 2008
To: Editor Star Tribune (opinion{at}
Subject: Yoga

Yoga is not "novel" in the Minneapolis Schools ("Bringing Calm To Class" 5/21/08.) In the 1980s there was a full blown high school health program called "Teens Learning and Caring" in which students were told, "The mind operates on visual images and does not know the difference between fantasy and reality," and, "linear thinking and logic are outmoded; the tool of tomorrow is the imagination." Yoga, for all the repackaging, is a religious technique in Hinduism used to achieve a state of altered consciousness in order to "break free from the shackles of reason." To lead all students in participation is to practice religion in the classroom. And yet, ironically, if a teacher simply has a Bible on his desk he may be fired, or a if student mentions Jesus in her valedictory speech, she is cut off. Where is the ACLU now?

Ross S. Olson

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