Article Title: Why the universe shouldn’t exist at all
This article deals with the menace of hate speech messages and racist memes spreading in various schools by some students. Schools feel powerless to deal with such issues. However, there is a good solution for this – Restorative Justice (RJ), a practice aimed at changing our responses to crime and various forms of harm. In supportive processes called Restorative Community Conferences, those who did wrong are able to admit to mistakes, take responsibility for the harm they caused others, and make amends—rather than simply facing punishment.
This is a good move because the offenders are often adolescents who might not have the intention of harming, or might not realise the outcome of their acts. Instead of punishing such students, if they are given a chance to understand and apologise, a more friendly and empathetic climate is developed in the campus. This kind of Restorative Justice is implemented in the Berkeley Unified School District and they have overcome various challenges to identify the victims and create a more peaceful environment in their school.
Words to learn from this Article:
Anti-Semitic – hostile to or prejudiced against Jews
Ableism – discrimination and social prejudice against people with disabilities
Slur – an insinuation or allegation about someone that is likely to insult them or damage their reputation
Flurry – a sudden, short period of activity, excitement, or interest
Perpetuate – make (something) continue indefinitely
Empathy – the ability to understand and share the feelings of another.
Inhibition – a feeling that makes one self-conscious and unable to act in a relaxed and natural way
Inadvertently – without intention; accidentally
Articulate – having or showing the ability to speak fluently and coherently
De-escalate – reduce the intensity of (a conflict or potentially violent situation)
Proactive – creating or controlling a situation rather than just responding to it after it has happened
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