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What’s the Price of Our Obsession With Beauty Products? (lesson plan)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 22, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  Our obsession with looks and beauty — especially among women — is at an all-time high. We search endlessly for the products that will transform our bodies into a more acceptable and desirable form,… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Track Every Penny (for at Least a Month)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 19, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw $300 on meals out. $50 for your caffeine buzz. A new shirt. The book you have to have (and then never read). In our super-sonic consumer culture focused on instant gratification and… More

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Resources for Reflecting on Anger and Activism

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 15, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw There’s a popular axiom: “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention!” Anger tends to be a frequent companion of activists and changemakers. When we learn about suffering, injustice, and destruction, we… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Molly Volanth Hall

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 12, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

  IHE M.Ed. graduate Molly Volanth Hall grew up in an urban neighborhood in the Boston area. Graduating from the University of Massachusetts-Boston with a degree in English and a minor in history, where she… More

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The Essential Elements of Humane Education

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on September 8, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil One of the signs of a good educator is dedication to lifelong research and truth; critical and creative thinking; and the discovery of new ideas, perspectives, and pedagogical approaches. If a teacher… More

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Resources for Making and Finding More Meaningful, Ethical Work

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 5, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw One of my favorite questions to ask people is what they’d do with their time if money were not an issue. There are a range of responses focused on fun, relaxation, and… More

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Start Your Classroom’s School Year with a Solutionary Lens

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 1, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Marsha Rakestraw Infusing humane education into classrooms can happen year-round, but how teachers set the stage at the beginning of the year significantly influences the rest of the year. Especially for new teachers,… More

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Practices for Cultivating Compassionate Communication Skills

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 4 Comments | Published on August 29, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Sometimes I have a dream in which I run door-to-door in my neighborhood. I bang on the door until someone answers, and then I grab them by the shirt and scream at… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Speak the Good in Others

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 25, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Leddy, had us students do something that I have never forgotten. She called it a “car wash.” Every week one of us would be the “car,” and… More

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10 Habits of Highly Effective Advocates

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 22, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw When I was a new activist in my late teens, I yelled at people. I used unkind language. I tried to shame them and argue them into changing their behaviors. I had… More