Talking Stick restores order in Colorado High School. The use of the Talking Stick and the principle behind it is hopefully slowly on it´s way to get a place in the Western culture, replacing the idea of fighting and winning with the idea of authentic communication and mutual understanding.
Talking Circles replace punishment and suspension and they call it Restorative Justice when the Talking Stick is passed between the ones that have come into conflict with each other. They see a significant decline in disobedience and violence since they started with this method. They also use role playing to teach students to conduct circles on their own.
Traditional discipline with punishment is not about restoring relationship, it is not about taking responsability for your actions, says the principal Matthew Willis.