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Project Wild Thing

by David Bond

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 21, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Environmental Protection, Health, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Parenting, Psychology, Resources, Science, Videos/Movies

How can we get kids (and adults) to fall in love with the natural world again? How do we get them to put down their screens and get outside? David Bond, filmmaker and parent, didn’t… More

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Reframing News Headlines

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 21, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

In our busy culture, we often may not read beyond the news and media headlines, so how those headlines are framed, and the language they use (not to mention the topic of the story), can… More

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Marketers Using Sneakier Strategies to Reach Kids

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 26, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

As the commotion of digital information escalates, marketers have resorted to extraordinary strategies to capture our attention, especially that of our kids, who have many decades of potential consumption ahead of them. Brazil recently joined… More

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The Vine Basket

by Josanne La Valley

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 4, 2014 | Filed under Books, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Children's Books, Education, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Merighul, a 14 year-old Uyghur girl, is forced to leave school and help her family when her brother leaves home. Now that she is not in school, Merighul is being watched closely by the local… More

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Looking Beyond Gender Stereotypes

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 28, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Not too long ago, a couple of essays appeared in Slate and New York Magazine castigating mothers of girls for complaining about the “pinkification” of girl stuff, citing it as an example of girl blaming…. More

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It’s Time to Talk About Our Messages About Masculinity: 3 Films to Start Us Off

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 19, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

“Strength is about adapting to change, not about retreating from it and lashing back with violence out of fear. And it’s high time we had a definition of manhood capable of meeting that challenge.” ~… More

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Tough Guise 2

by Jackson Katz

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 8, 2013 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Parenting, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

In this update, Tough Guise 2 (80 minutes) explores the ongoing and escalating epidemic of men’s violence in America and how it’s “rooted in our inability as a society to move beyond outmoded ideals of… More

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You’re Judging People By That Bag They’re Carrying

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 2, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Every day we make split-second assumptions about others, often without being aware we’re doing it. We may make assumptions about the person driving a gas-guzzling SUV; the woman wearing a fur coat; the parent with… More

Responsibility: Gift or Obligation?

Written by blogger | 1 Comment | Published on November 5, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

This post is by contributing blogger Lynne Westmoreland, long-time music instructor and a humane educator. Lynne is a graduate of our M.Ed. program, and is the instructor for our online course, A Better World, A… More