ERIC Number: EJ741097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Restorative Justice for Discipline with Respect
Education Digest: Essential Readings Condensed for Quick Review, v71 n1 p17-20 Sep 2005
Expulsion is commonly schools' last resort to maintain discipline and keep schools safe. But increasingly, educators are turning to "restorative justice"--an alternative method from the field of criminology--with promising results. According to Randall Comfort, assistant upper-school director, Mounds Park Academy, St. Paul, Minnesota, using this concept, everyone affected by an incident of misbehavior sits in a circle, where they have a chance to speak and to be an active listener. Restorative practices in schools include peer mediation, classroom circles to resolve problems, and family group conferencing, all involving face-to-face resolution to address the multiple impacts of a student's offending behavior. Those most affected by it play an important role in resolving the incident.
Descriptors: Justice, Discipline, Student Behavior, School Safety, School Culture, Group Discussion, Peer Mediation, Problem Solving
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