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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

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¡Sí, Se Puede! Humane Education Activities in Spanish

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 18, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

As the passion to create a better world for all spreads across the planet, more people are using comprehensive humane education as an effective tool for positive change. Spanish is one of the most spoken… More

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Teacher’s Talk Seeds Solutionary Club

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

Teacher Jenny Novoselsky has been so inspired by what she’s learned about humane education, including during IHE’s recent Summer Institute, that she decided to give a talk at her school. During Mount Vernon Presbyterian School’s… More

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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