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3 Tips for Teaching About “Controversial” Issues

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 28, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

“I could never teach about animal protection issues.” “Parents would freak out if my students explored human trafficking or climate change.” “Talk about same-sex families with young students? Are you kidding?!” There’s nothing wrong with… 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

No Controversy Allowed! On Getting Kicked Out of a Middle School

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on June 6, 2011 | Filed under Humane Connection, Uncategorized

For my blog post today, I’m sharing a recent post I wrote for Common Dreams, a progressive news site. Here are a couple excerpts: Imagine our surprise when ten minutes after the presentation we found… 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

Why Do We Shy Away From Issues That May Be Most Important to Our Children’s Future?

Written by Zoe Weil | 2 Comments | Published on May 10, 2010 | Filed under Humane Connection

A few weeks ago I had a busy day doing MOGO (most good) talks out of state. I was scheduled to give three talks – two 2-hour presentations for middle schoolers and a public talk… More

Humane Education Isn’t Controversial, It’s Patriotic

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on November 10, 2008 | Filed under Humane Connection

The title of a recent online article in Education Week (free registration required) gave me pause: “Election renews controversy over social-justice teaching.” Social justice education is often perceived as “left wing” and biased, as if… More