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6 Activities Exploring Prejudice and Discrimination

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 20, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

“Let us all hope that the dark clouds of racial prejudice will soon pass away and the deep fog of misunderstanding will be lifted from our fear-drenched communities, and in some not too distant tomorrow… More

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Changing the “Single Story” About Africa(ns) … and Others

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 16, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Recently I read two books, each featuring a female protagonist. One was by a black woman from Barbados, the book filled with characters of color living “normal” lives. The other by a white man who… More

Racism Alphabet

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 15, 2013 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Communication, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Students explore examples of racism, consider perspectives about racism by writing a story, and discuss ways to eradicate racism in our society. Recommended for grades 8-12. Time: a few class periods More

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Beyond “Us and Them”: An Activity for Humane Educators, Activists and Changemakers

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

“Either you’re for us, or against us.” Numerous studies have shown that, to help us make sense of our world, humans tend to categorize things; being social animals we also want to belong, so we’re… More

Beyond “Us and Them”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 2, 2013 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Communication, High School, Humane Education, Lesson Plans/Activities, Politics & Democracy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History

This activity encourages reflection on how each of us creates mental barriers between ourselves and those we see as “them” and how that lens can be a barrier to humane education or changemaking work; and… More

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Humane Education Activities: Who’s Missing From Mainstream Media?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 4, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

A couple years ago at our graduate student residency, one of the students led an activity looking for the prevalence of men, women, and people of color as authors of articles in different sections of… More

American Indians in Children’s Literature

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 29, 2013 | Filed under Human Rights, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

A blog established by university professor Debbie Reese, American Indians in Children’s Literature (AICL) “provides critical perspectives and analysis of indigenous peoples in children’s and young adult books, the school curriculum, popular culture, and society.”… More

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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