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Why PAX GBG in other countries and cultures matters?

Why PAX GBG in other countries and cultures matters?

The biggest danger to humans is other humans, and the biggest source of safety for humans is other humans.  This is not an abstraction.

Consider an elementary student who was abused at home, and bullied at school. His story is well documented by Alice Miller in her book, “For Your Own Good”.  Often, I wonder how the world would be different had Hitler been in a PAX Good Behavior Game classroom…especially since all the studies show that the most at risk children benefit the most from PAX GBG.

Or you might think about violent conflict between people of different religions, such as Catholics and Protestants in Ireland.  PAX worked fabulously (Morgan & O'Donnell, 2015) in just 12 weeks in the Republic of Ireland (see, and now Northern Ireland is about to embark on implementing PAX. You might consider conflicts between people of different ethnicities and languages in the same small country, such as Russians and Estonians. It worked there. You might consider conflicts between Native Americans (First Peoples in Canada) and people of European ancestry who had terrible conflicts.  And yes PAX works for both groups in Canada (Jiang, Santos, Mayer, & Boyd, 2015; Santos, Mayer, & Boyd, 2013), perhaps healing significant disparities. All those contrasts seem too distant in America? How about violence in our inner cities like Baltimore or Ferguson, Missouri?  PAX works in every nook and cranny of America, and now in other countries. So what? Who cares?

Each of us needs to—if we desire a peaceful, productive, healthy and happy future for the young people we care about. The fact that PAX GBG works all across the world is not trivial. The finding suggests we can better the world, and that is why PAX has the motto, “I better my world; I better myself.”

So, please, please…learn from PAX in other countries. It might just save the life of your child or children you care about.



Jiang, D., Santos, R., Mayer, T., & Boyd, L. (2015). Program Evaluation with Multilevel and Multivariate Longitudinal Outcomes. Paper presented at the International Meeting of the Psychometric Society, Beijing, China.

Morgan, M., & O'Donnell, M. (2015). Evaluation of the PAX Good Behaviour Game Pilot Study: Final Report. Retrieved from Dublin, Ireland:

Santos, R., Mayer, T., & Boyd, L. (2013). Preliminary Results: Provincial Pilot and Evaluation of PAX in Manitoba. Retrieved from Winnipeg, MB  Canada:

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