DEWEY INTERNATIONAL STUDIES IS PILOTING A NEW RESTORATIVE JUSTICE PROGRAM !
Fania E.Davis, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Restorative Justice for Oakland Youth, describes Restorative Justice:
“Restorative Justice is an effective alternative to punitive responses to wrongdoing. It is inspired by indigenous traditions, it brings together persons harmed with persons responsible for harm in a safe and respectful space, promoting dialogue, accountability, and a stronger sense of community. Restorative justice is a philosophical framework that can be applied in a variety of contexts -- the justice system, schools, families, communities, and others.”
Traditional school discipline, including zero tolerance policies, focus only on the rule that was broken and the punishment deserved. Instead of trying to make things right, it responds to the original harm with an additional harm (i.e. suspensions or other punishments). It doesn't get at the root causes of the behavior and it doesn't try to repair the damage to relationships. Most importantly, it often fails to prevent recurrence of the undesired behavior.
School-based restorative justice offers an equitable and respectful alternative to dealing with misbehavior and creates a school-wide culture of .positive relationships and mutual respect.
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