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11 Children’s Picture Books That Shatter Gender Stereotypes

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on January 25, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Just as we like to pretend that we live in a post-racial society, many of us want to avoid talking about sexism, stereotypes, and gender inequities. After all, women are CEOs and… More

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Resources for Teaching and Learning About Islamophobia

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on January 4, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw The latest statistics from the FBI note that reported hate crimes have decreased from the previous year. But there are still a lot of hate crimes. And according to the Council on… More

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Explore Lack of Media Diversity With the Activity “Where Are the People Like Me?”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 5, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Mattel’s Moschino Barbie  is getting all sorts of attention — and not just because of the $150 price or the fact that the limited-edition dolls sold out within the first hour. The main focus is… More

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Teach Tolerance with the Activity “Judge Not”

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

In the wake of more mass murders in Paris, Beirut, and beyond, there are calls for retaliation, for closing borders, for blaming immigrants, Islam as a whole, and more. When we are angry and terrified… More

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Unlearning “Indian” Stereotypes

by Rethinking Schools and Council on Interracial Books for Children

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 9, 2015 | Filed under Elementary, High School, Human Rights, Media & Culture, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

“…books and movies tell lies about Native people.” A group of children from several different Indian nations talks about their experiences as American Indians and expresses their anger, sadness and frustration about the stereotypes and… More

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Resources for Learning and Teaching About Privilege

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 2, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “Privilege is not in and of itself bad; what matters is what we do with privilege.” ~ Bell Hooks Many of us have privilege. And some of us feel defensive about that,… More

Everyday Feminism

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 30, 2015 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Health, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

Everyday Feminism is a feminist digital media site. Their mission “is to help people heal from and stand up to everyday violence, discrimination, and marginalization through applied intersectional feminism.” They say: “We aim to shift… More

FlackCheck.org

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 19, 2015 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, High School, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

FlackCheck.org “is the political literacy companion site to the award-winning FactCheck.org. The site provides resources designed to help viewers recognize flaws in arguments in general and political ads in particular. Video resources point out deception… 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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5 Minute Changemaker: Leave a Compassionate Comment

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on July 27, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw There’s a common saying in the cyberverse: Never read the comments. But a new study by researchers at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, has revealed that both “a prejudiced and anti-prejudiced… More