The discussion of the role of apology and forgiveness is debated among restorative justice practitioners. However, in schools settings, I believe that apology and forgiveness are an integral part of the process of creating a culture of care based on restorative justice principles and practices. The reason is that relationships are the key to creating a culture of care, that is, building and maintaining healthy and caring relationships. When wrongdoing and conflict occur it is important for children to learn to accept responsibility for their harmful behavior and to apologize. It is also important for persons who are harmed to learn about forgiveness, how it is done more for their benefit than the benefit of the person causing the harm.
This blog is hosted by Dr Tom Cavanagh, President of Restorative Justice Education. I have kept a blog since 2008. If you are interested in past blog postings, you may find them at http://restorativepracticesinschools.blogspot.com/