Retribution Versus Restoration

Why are we, as a society, so damn obsessed with punishment and retribution? I work with children, and while I have worked in the youth justice system, I’m focusing here on everyday minor infractions. We carry this false belief that a person has to learn what they did was wrong, so they must be punished in a manner commensurateContinue reading “Retribution Versus Restoration”

Punishments Don’t Teach Skills

Okay, maybe one: They teach people how to be better at avoiding punishment. Punishments do not teach skills. They use threat, intimidation, and manipulation to coerce children into doing what we want. And by “we”, I usually mean adults, the ones with all the power in the situation, using that power imbalance to force children into doingContinue reading “Punishments Don’t Teach Skills”