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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Boys Without Names”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 28, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Lauren Allison and Marsha Rakestraw In “Boys Without Names” by Kashmira Sheth (2010, grades 5-9, 305 pgs), Gopal’s family has hit hard times in their village in rural India. Good weather brought good crops,… More

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5 Sources for Social Justice Songs

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 21, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Music has always played a powerful role in social change. Songs about humane issues offer historical context; literary, ethical and cultural insights; and inspiration for positive action. And music is a potentially… More

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5 Things to Do with Old Clothes

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 18, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw There are lots of reasons we get rid of clothes. They don’t fit well anymore. We’ve stopped wearing leather or silk or wool. It looked so much better in the fitting room…. More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Look for the Leaping Bunny

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on May 14, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw There may be controversy about medical experimentation using animals, but most people agree that testing on animals for cosmetics and household products is cruel and outdated. The EU, and countries such as… More

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12 Children’s Picture Books About Access to Education

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 7, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Both the UN Declaration of Human Rights and the Declaration of the Rights of the Child explicitly mention the right to an education. Achieving universal primary education is one of the Millennium… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Mickey Kudia

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 4, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Mickey Kudia holds an M.Ed. in Humane Education from IHE and Valparaiso University and a B.S. in Environmental Communication and Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. As a humane educator and the Chicago program… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Chained”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 30, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw and Lauren Allison In the book “Chained” by Lynne Kelley (2012), in order to help his sick sister and to protect his mother from an abusive employer, Hastin gets a job as… More

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Resources for (Re)Connecting Kids (and Adults) with Nature

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 23, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Research has repeatedly shown that we need regular exposure to the natural world. We’re happier and healthier when we’re connected to the natural world. Studies also show improved cognitive function and stress… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Project Wild Thing”

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

by Marsha Rakestraw How can we get kids (and adults) to fall in love with the natural world again? How do we get them to put down their screens and get outside? David Bond, filmmaker… More