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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Gregg Segal’s “7 Days of Garbage”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 20, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Photography is a powerful lens for bringing attention to the destructive impacts of our choices and a meaningful voice for positive social change. Peter Menzel in his book “Material World” shone a light on our… More

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Humane Education Through Music

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 17, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Music is a powerful tool for social change and a valuable vehicle for exploration in schools. An article in the Association for Psychological Science noted that ” … listening to music stands out as an… More

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Humane Education Activity: Racism Alphabet

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 13, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

The headlines are full of examples of racism, and many of our institutions promote and condone the discrimination and oppression of people of color. As part of a recent research project, MTV discovered that millennials,… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Margie Pacher

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 12, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

As a yoga teacher, humane educator, and humane society adoption counselor in Sarasota, Florida, IHE M.Ed. graduate Margie Pacher offers tools that improve physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being, enhance personal relationships, and deepen sensitivity… More

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Storytelling Matters: What Moves People to Action?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on November 10, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Several years ago my husband and I watched “Hotel Rwanda” together. We both found the film disturbing and powerful, but while I was moved to take action, he was not. Of course I understood that… More

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Ethical Consumerism: A Global Issues Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 3, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

We make choices every day that have an impact on people, animals, and the earth. When we’re trying to make choices that do the most good and least harm, it can be challenging to know… More

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Food Waste: IHE’s New Global Issues Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 30, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

According to reports, worldwide we humans waste between 30-50% of our food sometime during the production and consumption cycles. That’s a lot of waste, and an invaluable resources that isn’t finding its way to those… More

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Humane Education Activity: The Heartbeat of Social Change

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on October 23, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

People often find it easy to judge oppressions that society has addressed in the past, yet miss the similarities between past and present forms of oppression. This activity for students in grades nine and older,… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: The Critical Media Project

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 16, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

It’s no secret that young people in the U.S. spend an inordinate amount of time engaging with various kinds of digital media. The average is about eight hours a day — every day. That much… More