In the last chapter, we discussed the practice of mediation by skilled adults. Now we want to advocate that these practices be entrusted to young people, and even children. In many schools, students trained to operate as peer mediators have operated effectively as peacemakers. They need training and guidance (the younger they are, the more guidance they will need), but adults also need to learn to trust that students can solve problems in their own ways. They are members of local communities of youth knowledge, to which adults have only partial access and marginal understanding. Often students are best placed to be aware of what is happening between other students ...
Introducing Peer Mediation