Crime is learned behavior. It can be unlearned. Even children
who have never been nurtured can learn how to nurture others
and themselves, thus intercepting the cycle of violence, abuse,
neglect, and crime.
Healing Species does not only
address the problems of violence, truancy, and poor performance
at school. Instead, Healing Species addresses the roots of
these problems by dealing with issues of poverty, returning
violence for violence, and gang related activities. The Healing
Species curriculum opens the eyes of children and teens by
teaching and empowering them that they do not have "to give
up" and "drop-out". There are other choices.
The lessons provide an epiphany for the children
that they do not have to accept abuse; that they do not have
to join gangs; they do not have to sell drugs; and they do
not have to fight their way through life.
Poverty begets crime. "Drop-out" and truancy
begets crime and poverty. Many children go home to poverty,
domestic violence, bullying, despair, violent crime within
the home, and violent neighborhoods.
Healing Species Character Education can literally
lift these children from this world
- by empowering children with age-appropriate
awareness about abuse and providing tools for getting help
if abused; by making certain the children learn appropriate
ways to deal with bullies
- by providing avenues of resolving conflict
- by providing "hands on" experience with lessons
in respect for the feelings of others, and gaining power,
leadership, and esteem from practices in mercy instead of
Once children gain empowerment in taking care
of themselves, the Healing Species opens their young eyes
to ways of "making their heart strong" by teaching them how
to practice responsibility, compassion, and empathy by reaching
out to those around them.
The children learn first hand that - just like
the visiting dogs nobody else wanted- that they are important
and do have something to give.
Standardized Testing Improvement Among Healing Species
Healing Species teaches in every fourth grade class in Lexington
School District One in South Carolina. This relationship has
been ongoing for the past two years.
The results in Lexington District One are astounding.
Standardized testing (PACT) performance of these students
before Healing Species implementation and after Healing Species
implementation was tracked. In all of the fourth grades in
the Lexington One schools, the percentage of students meeting
overall PACT standards increased significantly from the year
before Healing Species implementation to the year of Healing
Species implementation.. Additionally, the same results emerged
in the Orangeburg, South Carolina districts. These results
emerged as a partial result of the students learning to concentrate
in class, not react to bullying, and gain self-esteem through
success in respectable venues such as academics, as opposed
to joining gangs or acting out in violence.