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Animals in Captivity and Entertainment: IHE’s New Global Issues Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on September 15, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Nonhuman animals have been captured and used for entertainment for thousands of years. And while venues such as zoos and animal circuses still draw crowds, more people are questioning the ethics of holding animals in… More

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Teens Cultivate Compassion at Humane Education Summer Camp

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 11, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Samantha Gentrup has been teaching for more than 10 years and has a passion for creating a just, humane world and helping her students learn to become compassionate citizens and changemakers. In addition to her… More

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Help Create the Change You Want to See: Sign Up for an IHE Online Course This Fall

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 10, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Between recent unimaginable tragedies and stories of hope the world is ripe for positive change. Embrace the power and possibility in this transition to fall and sign up for one of our online courses. Grow… More

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4 Tips to Help Us Make Those Ethical Changes We’re Struggling With

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 8, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

We want our lives to reflect our deepest values. We know the harmful impacts of some of our choices. We fully acknowledge the benefits of certain actions, and yet we struggle. We struggle to make… More

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Humane Education Through Math

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 4, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

“I thought math was just a subject they implanted on us just because they felt like it, but now I realize that you could use math to defend your rights and realize the injustices around… More

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9 Resources for Finding Multicultural Books for Children

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 1, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

As we mentioned in a previous blog post, according to the latest figures from the National Center for Education Statistics, “black, Latino, Asian, and Native American students will together make up a narrow majority of… More

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Do Your Students See Themselves (and Others) in Your Classroom?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 28, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

When school resumes this fall, “black, Latino, Asian, and Native American students will together make up a narrow majority of the nation’s public school students,” according to the latest figures from the National Center for… More

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Resources for Teaching and Talking About Ferguson

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 25, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

As students and teachers head back to school, many of them are focused on what’s happening in Ferguson, Missouri. The tragic killing of Michael Brown by a police offer and the subsequent protests have catalyzed… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Earth Focus

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 21, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Whatever subject you teach, grappling with issues that affect our environment (and thus us and nonhuman animals) is a vital part of helping your students become leaders and changemakers for a better world. Here’s a… More

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New Global Issues Guide: Teaching and Learning About Wildlife Poaching

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 14, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

While wildlife poaching is most often associated with endangered elephants and rhinos, poaching happens in countries all over the world and includes numerous species of animals. Some poaching is done by people struggling to survive,… More