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Humane Education Activity: The Heartbeat of Social Change

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | 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

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I Am a Humane Educator: Lauren Allison

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 15, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Lauren Allison, who earned her M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership with a concentration in Humane Education, teaches middle school English at a school in Porter, Indiana. She discovered humane education while looking for options to complete… More

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Resources for Reexamining Columbus Day

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

Today is Columbus Day in the U.S., and this year, as in generations before, elementary schools all across the country will teach another group of children that, “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue” and… More

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13 Children’s Picture Books about Bullying

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 9, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

As information about bullying becomes more pervasive, schools and others who serve children are striving to create anti-bully/pro-hero environments. Since bullying and exclusion can begin as early as preschool, it’s important that we who are… More

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For Your Must-Read List: What Comes After

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 6, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

This review was written by IHE media intern and M.Ed. graduate student, Lauren Allison. “What Comes After” by Steve Watkins (2011) (recommended for grades 10-12) In the blink of an eye, Iris Wight’s world is… More

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Solutionary Spotlight: “Treasure Fishing” Offers Compassionate Fun for Kids

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 2, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

My friend Charles E. is a father who is striving to raise his children to be compassionate, humane citizens. Recently I saw a post on his Facebook page about a fun and meaningful activity he… More

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6 Apps for a Better World

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

As digital technology continues to expand, so do apps designed to help us in making choices that do more good and less harm and in creating a better world for all. Here are six apps… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Three Myths of Behavior Change

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 3 Comments | Published on September 22, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Did you know that the greatest adversary to change is common sense? That’s what sociology professor Jeni Cross says in her TEDx talk, “Three Myths of Behavior Change: What You Think You Know That You… More