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Humane Education Activity: Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 26, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

How do our own stereotypes and judgments limit our openness and receptivity to others? Especially at the beginning of the school year, as students meet new fellow-students, teachers, and others in the school community, it’s… More

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Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves

by Louise Derman-Sparks & Julie Olsen Edwards

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 3, 2013 | Filed under Books, Citizenship & Community, Education, Human Rights, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Parenting, Resources, Social Studies/History

How we set the tone about anti-bias in our classrooms & learning centers can influence the entire year — and possibly the whole of children’s lives. Children learn at an early age about differences in… More

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“Boys Can’t Do That!”: 3 Activities for Exploring Gender Roles with Young Children

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 2, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

“He can’t have a doll, he’s a boy!” “Girls can’t be firemen!” “You’re not a boy. You have long hair!” Our attitudes about gender develop very early. Studies show that by age two children begin… More

When I Grow Up

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 1, 2013 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Early Childhood, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Resources, Social Studies/History

Help students think critically about gender stereotyping in jobs and careers and consider non-traditional gender roles. Recommended for: Grades Pre-K-3. Time: 30-45 minutes More

Selling “Boy” and “Girl”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 1, 2013 | Filed under Consumerism, Early Childhood, Elementary, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Students use toy catalogs to explore gender stereotypes and consider non-traditional gender roles. Recommended for: Grades Pre-K-4. Time: 45-60 minutes More

Boys Like, Girls Like, Kids Like

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 1, 2013 | Filed under Early Childhood, Elementary, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Resources, Social Studies/History

This activity helps younger children think critically about gender roles, gender bias, stereotypes, and how diverse and alike we can be. Recommended for: Grades Pre-K – 2. Time: 30+ minutes More

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Web Spotlight: Understanding Prejudice

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on April 12, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

As much as we want to believe otherwise, prejudice is still a significant element of society. And many of us who would claim to be completely unprejudiced have biases that we may not even be… More

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9 Tips for Selecting Anti-Bias Children’s Books

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 8, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Stories are a powerful tool. They teach us about the world and ourselves; they influence our values; and they help shape our worldview. With children’s books, we’re usually looking for a good story to share… More

Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 20, 2012 | Filed under Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History

How do our own stereotypes and judgments limit our openness and receptivity to others? This activity uses props (or photos) to explore our snap perceptions of others. Recommended for grades 4 and up. Time: 20-30… More

Understanding Prejudice – Teaching Ideas

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 29, 2012 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Education, Elementary, High School, Human Rights, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Websites

Teaching ideas, materials, and resources (appropriate for elementary students through college students) on issues of prejudice, such as racism, sexism, and heterosexism. More