From Punishment to Healing
Social Harmony is a school based program designed to address social conflict (including bullying) in a way that teaches, heals, and uplifts all parties involved.
Most antibullying programs ask:
Who is at fault, and how should we punish them?
Social Harmony asks:
What need is this person trying to meet, and how can we help them find a new strategy to meet this need in a way that doesn't cause harm?
Our foundational axiom is that all people are inherently good.
Thank you so much for creating such an amazing weekend for these kids... I so appreciate everything you brought to it, your thoughtfulness, your intentionality, your sense of fun and spirit. THANK YOU.
I didn't get a lot in the car home, they were all tired and I didn't want to press them. But the best thing was one girl who said that they got so much closer as a group. She said, "I didn't think we could get any closer, but we did." I asked why, and she said because I think we were sharing so much personal stuff. The rest agreed.
-Class mother of 8th grade class coming home from a ReTribe retreat designed to improve school culture