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Thinking Critically About Our Beliefs

Written by Zoe Weil | 4 Comments | Published on August 17, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil Most of us know how important it is to think critically, and most of us probably think we’re decent critical thinkers. Humane educators in particular pride ourselves on good critical thinking. After… More

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Uncovering “Truths”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 10, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw The media is full of “truths” about people and issues. Many of these “truths” are incomplete, inaccurate, biased, misleading, and otherwise lacking context and the bigger picture. As humane educators and changemakers,… More

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Beyond Carnism

by Melanie Joy

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 20, 2015 | Filed under Animal Protection, College/Adult, Food & Diet, High School, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Psychology, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

“Every day we engage in a behavior that requires us to distort our thoughts, numb our feelings, and act against our core values, and which enables a global atrocity that can make even the most… More

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Under the Influence: Our New Social Psychology Global Issues Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 9, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

As humane educators and changemakers it’s important that we understand what motivates and drives people and what inspires or prevents them from forming new habits and making certain choices. It’s also essential that we know… More

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Beating the “Backfire Effect”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 9, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw It seems like common sense that when we learn that previously-believed information is false – when we receive new facts that contradict what we previously thought — then we’ll change our beliefs… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Beyond Carnism”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on February 23, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “Every day we engage in a behavior that requires us to distort our thoughts, numb our feelings, and act against our core values, and which enables a global atrocity that can make… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: Because Shiny Objects Can Cause Us to Alter Our Values

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 15, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

I have a confession. I’ve knowingly been contributing to the genocide of orangutans and the destruction of the rainforest. I’ve been supporting war, sweatshops, the pollution of our oceans, and the rise in global warming…. More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: ProCon.org Helps Critical Thinking About Global Ethical Issues

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 9, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Recently the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, endorsed the website ProCon.org “for its use in critical thinking and civics education and its consistency with national Common Core standards.” We agree that it’s… More

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When Critical Thinking Proponents Fail to Think Critically

Written by Zoe Weil | 1 Comment | Published on March 28, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy vipez/Flickr. For the past several years I’ve been reading lots of books about why we often believe so many unsubstantiated things. Part of this reading is due to my fascination with human belief… More

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The “Truth” About MLK, Jr.: Why We Must Teach Our Children to Think Critically

Written by Zoe Weil | 1 Comment | Published on January 21, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy of minasi. Ever since I was a child, I’ve heard the injunction “Don’t believe everything you read.” This has been a warning that’s been difficult for me to heed. By nature I’m very… More