Unbroken Circles for Schools is a revolutionary program designed to help schools deal with student conflict and behavior issues. It combines the best of three; Restorative Justice, Collaborative Justice, and the author’s experience in mediation and negotiation. It is time for an improved and better method of managing troubled children.
A unique program that offers schools and other agencies a better modality of CONFLICT RESOLUTION. The program tenders hope in troubled individuals, builds self-esteem, improves student performance, and fosters a greater sense of community within our at risk youth. This text defines the concepts, describes the methods to use and offers user friendly examples.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
As I note in my book, I grew up in a decade when America was arresting youths at an unprecedented rate. In college, I worked to help students who were suffering from their previous convictions a juveniles. From there, I worked in the education system and then later in the criminal justice system only to see my former students behind bars. We are arresting over 2 million students a year. Another 7 thousand students dropout each school day. This causes us taxpayers to pay out over $209 thousand per dropout in social services while losing billions from lose of productivity, loss of gainful employment, and continued medical and social services costs.
As a trained mediator and Restorative Justice facilitator, I wanted to not only shed light on this issue but also to provide meaningful solutions. In the end, it was the safety and security of future generations of students that spurred me on to write this book
We, as a nation, are on the brink of a national travesty. At the heart of this issue is the future of our children. Ultimately, it boils down to whom we view as dangerous and how we seek to punish those offenders. In an ironic turn of events, community after community, all across America, now see our youth as being heinous criminals.
While I would like to think this is a new concept, brought on by bad science and media hype, the truth is that this issue has been a near four decade-long era of bigotry and hatred geared exclusively towards our nation’s youth. The culprits of this movement have been numerous and range from academics to politicians, teachers, law enforcement, the judiciary, and beyond. Notable within this movement is the tone and pattern of the rhetoric employed. In most cases, juveniles are portrayed as evil and as an endangerment to society. Faulty research is presented as proof of illogical correlation to youthful behavior and crimes of the future. Media attention is solicited and provided to build sufficient hype; professionals are assembled to tout the media hype and flawed research as proof of the baseless assertions. A public push is made to rile the masses and get anti-juvenile laws passed; programs are instituted on multiple levels so the policies are not easily removed. Any sound evidence to refute the rhetoric is denied media attention until the resulting policies have been used a decade. . .
About the Author:
Ken Johnson is better known as “America’s Culturalist.” He is a Social Scientist (a.k.a. Culturalist) as well as a Collaborative Justice professional with numerous op-ed columns and articles to his credit.
He has special training as a Restorative Justice facilitator. He also holds special certifications through the Florida Supreme Court as a Certified County Court Mediator as well as the US Department of Agriculture as an agricultural services mediator.
Community and culture are important to him. In addition to being heavily involved in his tribe, he has served on numerous non-profit and governmental panels and boards. For his good works, Ken Johnson was commissioned as a Colonel of Kentucky.
Collaborative Justice is a passion for him. By using his knowledge of culture and conflict, he works daily to better the lives of our nation’s children while also consulting with churches, businesses, schools, and civic groups to understand and overcome conflict-based obstacles.
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