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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Shoulders” Inspires Collective Action for Our “Blue Dot” Home

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 26, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

While it’s vital that we as humane educators help teach others about challenging issues so that they can make informed choices aligned with their values, it’s equally vital that we do so in a way… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Gunny and The Magical Pack”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 19, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “Gunny and The Magical Pack” by Amy Elizabeth Cranmer (74 pgs) For the last several years, Gunny has known only violence and cruelty as a “bait” dog. Lying injured on the side… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: Emotional Intelligence Requires an Ethical Center

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 16, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw As more schools recognize the importance of helping students master their emotional skills, as well as their academic skills, social emotional learning is becoming a mainstream part of the curriculum. Studies show… More

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6 Resources to Help You Tell Fact from Fiction

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 12, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw In a society in which many people mistake stories from “The Onion” as true and our legislators aren’t afraid to spin wild tales as facts, being able to verify information as accurate… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: CKrystal Stokes

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 11, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

IHE M.A. student CKrystal Stokes, who lives in Tallahassee, Florida, is “a self-proclaimed birth junkie and avid reader.” CKrystal says, “I enjoy poetry, writing, listening to jazz music, and having a good conversation over a… More

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Beating the “Backfire Effect”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 9, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw It seems like common sense that when we learn that previously-believed information is false – when we receive new facts that contradict what we previously thought — then we’ll change our beliefs… More

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9 Online Resources for “Alternate” News

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on March 5, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw As effective humane educators, part of our role is to stay informed on global ethical issues, so that we can share accurate information and inspire positive action. But with so many global… More

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Water: IHE’s New Global Issues Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 2, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Many of us take for granted washing our hands, using flush toilets, getting a drink of clean water, and having water on demand whatever we want. But more than 1 billion people… More

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Featured Resource: “The Milk of Birds”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 26, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Lauren Allison and Marsha Rakestraw In “The Milk of Birds” by Sylvia Whitman (363 pgs), K.C. is a young American girl struggling to find her place and to deal with her learning disability. Nawra… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Beyond Carnism”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on February 23, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “Every day we engage in a behavior that requires us to distort our thoughts, numb our feelings, and act against our core values, and which enables a global atrocity that can make… More