The Korean Educational Broadcaster EBS has screened a documentary on helping transition boys into manhood. The documentary has footage of Lilydale Adventist Academy and their Rite Journey Co-ordinator Dustin Dever, along with interviews with some of the boys from the class, Andrew Lines sharing some of the aims of the program and Steve Biddulph discussing some issues with boys transitioning. The bulk of the narration is in Korean although all interviews with Rite Journey participants are in English.
Andrew will be returning to Korea early next year to work with Kongjin Middle School. They will be implementing an adapted version of The Rite Journey to their students and EBS will be producing a second documentary…this time of Kongjin Middle School implementing The Rite Journey over the course of a year.
A Brisbane News article from July 18, 2012 called ‘Male Order’ featuring The Rite Journey…looking at helping boys in the transition to manhood.
I received this email and letter today from the deputy at a Rite Journey school.
I wish we could give the general public the experience of how gorgeous boys really are…when we actually sit with them, spend time with them, listen to them, care for them..
EMAIL FROM DEPUTY:
Attached is a letter from a student that refers to a distinct moment of learning.
For those that have dealt with him over the years, he has often presented a very well worked and apparently sincere account of bullying issues and harassment directed at him. Because of his articulate nature, high academic ability and pleasant nature, his account of any event has often been given significant weight. However, over time, some staff have picked up that he may not always be giving a complete and accurate account of events! It became clear that he would deflect blame, accuse others, deny everything.
As a result of the past few lessons in The Rite Journey – focussed on the importance of your word as a man, admitting mistakes, apologising, etc. – it appears that he has had an epiphany.
LETTER FROM STUDENT
To Whom It May Concern
In the few years I have been at the school, I have been involved in more incidents than most people will witness in their whole life. In most of the events I have made out that I am the victim and am not at all responsible. This is (as you already know) not true, I often lie to get myself out of trouble and to avoid punishment.
In Rite Journey, we are currently learning that telling the truth is not the best option, but the only option. When you admit guilt, you understand that what you did was wrong. When you do this, your sentence is normally reduced by one-third.
Punishment is a way of placing criminals on the straight and narrow. By not ever receiving punishment, I did not register what I was doing as wrong and did not try to fix it.
I used to lie a lot at home, to the point where my parents were not able to tell if I was telling the truth. This damaged our relationship, but I have since overcome this problem and we have become closer than ever before.
A possible new motto for the school is “Turning boys into gentlemen”…I want to become a man, and the first step to doing so is to stop lying.
MYSA Journal The Rite JourneyAndrew’s article in the recent Middle Years of Schooling Association Journal.
MYSA Journal The Rite Journey
Andrew was asked to write an article for the Association of Heads of Independent Schools of Australia (AHISA) journal, ‘Independence’, outlining the background of The Rite Journey and its implementation.
A huge thanks to Amrita Hobbs and Jane Bennett who trained 14 women over last weekend to facilitate our new Rite Journey Girls’ Day Program called ‘Spiralling Upwards’. These passionate women from WA, SA, Vic, NSW and Qld are now approaching schools to promote and run the program. If anyone is interested in more info please be in touch.
L-R Angela White, Daniela-Kay, Sophie Binder and Rebecca Hicks training hard!
We have been very blessed to have had Steve Biddulph’s support for a number of years and he was finally able to attend a 2 day training when we worked with St Patrick’s College in Launceston. Steve was involved as a participant in the training alongside 30 staff from St Pat’s. We had a great couple of days and were buoyed by Steve’s wonderfully positive feedback regarding the training process and his continuing support of the program.
From left: JD, Jane, Amrita, Steve and Andrew
Below is the documentary crew from EBS in South Korea who are doing a series on Masculinity. They have filmed at Rite Journey schools in Vic, SA and are currently interviewing Steve Biddulph and filming at St Patrick’s…our only Tassie school…in Launceston.
Hee Kyung is the producer, Yeji is the translator/organiser and Woo Hyung is on camera. We had a great couple of days in Adelaide!
The documentary goes to air in South Korea in May.