Virtue Based Restorative Discipline is a program designed by Lynne Lang, Director of School Climate for the Archdiocese of St. Louis. The program is aimed to change more than just the behavior of students. It is aimed to help the adults in their lives better love God and practice virtue so they can help the children do the same. The solution to bullying rests in the hearts and minds of adults. Kids learn their behavior from us, which means we have to change something in ourselves so we can model something better for them.
The scope of this program is broader than traditional anti-bullying programs, seeking to address all forms of anti-social and disruptive behavior. The virtue piece of this program is that we are not simply telling students what not to do, but modeling Christlike behavior for them.
By implementing Virtue Based Restorative Discipline, we are not waiting for a problem to start. This lays a foundation for life, helping them understand the virtues and develop a firm disposition to the good. It also helps them recognize the impact of their behavior on their relationship with others and with God. It’s addressing the root cause of the problem to promote systemic change.