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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

Look Beyond Either/Or to the Both-And

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on April 18, 2011 | Filed under Humane Connection

I’m swamped with our new graduate programs right now, so here’s a repost from 7/20/09 that I hope you’ll enjoy. I’ve been thinking a lot about the ways in which we humans seem to gravitate… More

Improv-ing to a Win-Win World

Written by blogger | 1 Comment | Published on February 28, 2011 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Mary Pat Champeau, IHE’s Director of Education We have started incorporating improvisational comedy into our trainings at the Institute for Humane Education. We usually do quick improv games as warm-ups at our Summer Institutes…. More

Enhance Your Students’ Critical Thinking (& Your Own) With ProCon.org

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 25, 2010 | Filed under Humane Connection

Many educators are seeking strategies for helping their students think more deeply, critically and broadly about the challenging issues of our times, and ProCon.org is a great tool to help spark critical thinking about controversial… More

What a Humane World Looks Like: Keeping Everyone in the Lifeboat

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 21, 2010 | Filed under Humane Connection

There’s a popular thought experiment involving a lifeboat, a dog, and one or more humans, and the discussion is basically an either/or: the human(s) or the dog – who gets tossed overboard? As in most… More

Minding the Gaps We Can & Cannot Change

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on May 7, 2010 | Filed under Humane Connection

I read an excellent essay, titled “Mind the Gap,” in the spring issue of Thirty Thousand Days, a publication of the ToDo Institute. The gap to which Palmer refers is the one between reality and… More

We Need Knowledge AND Critical Thinking in Schools

Written by Zoe Weil | 2 Comments | Published on September 28, 2009 | Filed under Humane Connection

Once again, an op-ed writer has created another false either/or about education. In “Critical Thinking? You need knowledge” Diane Ravitch argues against what she describes as faddish efforts to teach critical thinking and cooperative learning… More

Finding the Balance Between Productivity-Obsession and Pleasure-Seeking

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on September 18, 2009 | Filed under Humane Connection

An article in the September-October issue of Harvard Magazine begins, “For all the hand-wringing over their failure to amass savings, Americans may actually be too disciplined.” The article explores the research of Anat Keinan, a… More

MOGO-nomics: 12 Tips for Saving Money AND Making Humane Choices

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on August 14, 2009 | Filed under Humane Connection

With food and other prices climbing steadily and the U.S. economy ailing, more people are looking for ways to save money. For some, that connotes an either/or situation: I can help the environment, OR I… More

Look Beyond Either/Or to the Both-And

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on July 20, 2009 | Filed under Humane Connection

I’ve been thinking a lot about the ways in which we humans seem to gravitate towards “either/or” choices. Either we protect Northern Spotted Owls or people’s logging jobs. Either we invade Iraq or not. Either… More