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Resources for Teaching About the 2016 Elections

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

by Marsha Rakestraw With elections in the US only weeks away, many schools are struggling with how (or even if) they should approach this year’s elections, especially with what has been an egregiously uncivil national… More

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The Essential Elements of Humane Education

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on September 8, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil One of the signs of a good educator is dedication to lifelong research and truth; critical and creative thinking; and the discovery of new ideas, perspectives, and pedagogical approaches. If a teacher… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Break the Habit of Mindless Habituation

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on August 11, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw You know how you’re lying in bed listening to the urban surf outside, and pretty soon you don’t even notice it? Or how we all ignore car alarms? Or how our eyes… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Read Just a Few Comments

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 21, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “Don’t read the comments” is a common refrain. We’ve all seen articles or blog posts with comments brimming with hate, misinformation, bullying, unsubstantiated assertions, and just plain unkindness. Avoiding comments seems like… More

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Ending the Violence With Meaningful Solutions

Written by Zoe Weil | 5 Comments | Published on July 11, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Zoe Weil I am a humane educator, a person dedicated to creating a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world through education. This past week’s killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and five Dallas… More

Critical Thinking

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 17, 2016 | Filed under Education, Global Issues Guides, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Politics & Democracy, Psychology, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Critical thinking is one of the key elements of humane education. Find articles, lesson plans, and other resources to help students and others bring critical thinking to their lives, schooling, and work. More

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Let’s Help Each Other Awaken From the Fog of Culture

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 4 Comments | Published on June 6, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw The other day my husband and I were discussing our frustration with the human race. Nearly everywhere we looked (online and around our community), we saw cruelty, destruction, oppression, and casual indifference…. More

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How Online “Filter Bubbles” Are Influencing Your Reality (video)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 4, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “There is no standard Google anymore.” In his TED talk, Eli Pariser talks about an invisible shift that’s happening online that can hinder our pursuit of democracy and meaningful citizenship: invisible algorithmic… More

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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