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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Enrich Experience With Serial Testimony

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 31, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Learning is often much more powerful and meaningful when we’re able to make a personal connection. “Serial testimony” is a useful technique that helps students use their personal experiences as a springboard for making deeper… More

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The Power of Language: Our Newest Global Issues Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 27, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For March, in honor of Words Matter Week (March 2-8), we’re posting about the power of language. Let us know what you think by commenting.) In… More

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Clothes, Class and Consequences: Humane Education in Language Arts

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 24, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

We start receiving messages about consumerism, class and appearance early on, but rarely do we offer young people an opportunity to examine how some of those cultural messages influence our self-image and choices. Look at… More

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The Art of Circumlocution and Verbal Evasion: Exploring Euphemisms

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 13, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For March, in honor of Words Matter Week (March 2-8), we’re posting about the power of language. Let us know what you think by commenting.)  … More

Foundation for Critical Thinking

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 6, 2014 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Communication, Education, Resources, Websites

This organization focuses on the importance of teaching and learning critical thinking skills to help us all become better citizens and problem solvers. The site includes suggested resources, professional development opportunities for educators, tips for… More

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Kids Show How We All Should React to “Controversial” Cereal Commercial … and to Racism

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 3, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

The hatred and criticism arising from the airing of Coca-Cola’s “America the Beautiful” commercial during the Super Bowl and Olympic Games opening ceremony exemplifies just how much fear, xenophobia and racism still thrive in the… More

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Are Picture Books Cultivating Consumerism in Kids? This Study Says Yes

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 3, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

If you’re a teacher, parent or picture-book aficionado, you know the powerful messages and values (both positive and otherwise) that can be embedded in children’s literature. As a babysitter, Rachel Franz started noticing a trend…. 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

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Our Top 13 Most Popular Humane Education Activities for 2013

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 9, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Humane education activities and lesson plans are just one of the perks we provide in our Resource Center. We offer more than 100 humane education activities for free download, and we add new ones often. And… More