Teaching Peace: A Restorative Justice Framework for Strengthening Relationships
Teaching Peace introduces restorative justice with the story of how one community embraced this ancient practice and used it to transform their approach to justice - and found a framework for living rich and meaningful lives. By using restorative principles in daily life, we can learn to prevent most conflicts and resolve those that do occur in a way that honors the dignity of all parties. The 5 R's are a gateway to enhance relationships with family, friends, neighbors and coworkers.
Reading Beverly's book reminded me how powerful it is to live withing the 5 R's. Having the pleasure of knowing Beverly, reading her book feels a lot like spending the afternoon with her. Her book is powerful, accessible and so important in these times.
WOW! Dr. Beverly Title's book is a great combination of the cultural and historical background of RJ (Restorative Justice), with practical application examples, and principles/steps to implementing it. It's applicable across a wide range of situations - from one-on-one to groups, from within a family to community interactions of varying kinds, to global applications. It's very well written and completely inspiring. It should be required reading for us all.
As a relatively new proponent of restorative practices in schools, I find Teaching Peace to be an excellent resource in a number of ways for both promoting restorative ideas, and presenting examples of how it is working when correctly applied and supported.
I have only been recently exposed to the benefits of restorative justice processes, but I have found that in my recent move to the state of Colorado, the process works exceptionally well.
It seems that the legislators in Colorado agree and recently passed a law in 2011 to encourage greater use of restorative justice programs throughout the state.
This book is a must read for any civic official that seeks out a justice system that is both fair and cost efficient.
At the end of the day, I hope that this book resonates with a wide audience and that our society can be motivated to seek out alternatives to restore harm cause by individual acts in a more modern and effective manner.
Kudos to the author for a job well done.