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Behind the Smokescreen: Using Critical Thinking to Explore Tobacco and Tobacco Ads

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 30, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

 by Marsha Rakestraw My first memory of smoking is when I was hanging out with my much older brother and his friends, who found a pack of cigarettes and decided to give the forbidden sticks… More

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Beware Online “Filter Bubbles”

by Eli Pariser

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 29, 2016 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, High School, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

In his TED talk (9:04 min), Eli Pariser talks about an invisible shift that’s happening online that can hinder our pursuit of democracy and meaningful citizenship: invisible algorithmic editing of the web. Pariser notes that… More

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Resources for Teaching About Issues Related to Elections and Voting

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 26, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Marsha Rakestraw I don’t ever remember seeing as much discussion, passion, vitriol, or engagement as I have with this election period in the U.S. Elections may be a regular thing, and voting may… More

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Behind the Label: Explore the Meanings and Motivations of Product Labels

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 23, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Marsha Rakestraw When we’re able, many of us want to make more compassionate, sustainable choices. Labels on products are one tool we use to help us choose items we hope do more good… More

Haciendo Conexiones, Creando Soluciones

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 16, 2016 | Filed under College/Adult, Communication, Elementary, Environmental Protection, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Spanish

Esta actividad ayuda a los estudiantes a pensar en cómo estamos todos conectados y de que manera nuestras acciones impactan a otros y al medio ambiente, e motiva a los estudiantes a aprender más acerca… More

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What a Humane World Looks Like: Rethinking Tradition, Habit, and Culture

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 2, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw One of the mini-activities I do as part of a presentation I give on the lives and deaths of factory farmed animals is a survey. As I flip through images of farmed… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Kristina Hulvershorn

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 9, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection, Humane Education in Action

IHE M.Ed. graduate Kristina Hulvershorn started her career as a teacher. Now she works in Indianapolis, Indiana, as the Youth Program Director for Peace Learning Center and as the Indianapolis Program Manager for HEART. Kristina… More

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Whom Do You Pet and Whom Do You Eat? (lesson plan)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 14, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “The line between pet and pest differs depending on where you are on the globe. Dogs are considered pets in Western countries, unclean vermin in some Middle Eastern and Asian countries and… More

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Civil Discourse Leads to Positive Change: Insults Do Not

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on March 7, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

This blog post was originally published on Common Dreams. Reposted here under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 License. by Zoe Weil In the past week I’ve seen a grotesque image of Donald Trump as a… More

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Who Am I? Exploring Commonalities in Humans, Cows, Pigs, and Chickens (lesson plan)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on February 29, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw   As we spend more time studying nonhuman animals, we humans are learning just how intelligent, complex, and sentient they are. Recent studies have highlighted the significant intellectual and emotional capacities of… More