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An Ocean of Plastic (lesson plan)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on April 7, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

Plastic has become ubiquitous not only in our lives, but in our oceans. Elementary school teacher (and IHE graduate certificate alum) Betsy Farrell-Messenger has created a lesson plan to help younger students think critically about… More

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Zoe Weil’s New Book Calls for An Education Revolution

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 24, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

How can we create a just, healthy, and humane world? What is the path to developing sustainable energy, food, transportation, production, and other systems? What’s the best strategy to end poverty and ensure that everyone… 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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What Solutionary Learning Can Look Like: 4 Stories

Written by Zoe Weil | 2 Comments | Published on March 3, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil Transforming our educational system won’t be easy, but I believe that it is the most important and strategic path toward creating more just, peaceful, and sustainable societies populated by healthy, happy, successful… 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

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Why We Need Humane Education: Climate Science Education in the U.S. Is an Epic Fail

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 4 Comments | Published on February 22, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Climate change is already wreaking some pretty serious havoc worldwide. And climate scientists and other experts predict some additional Armageddon-like consequences if we humans don’t come together and make some major changes… More

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Dead Zones and Diet-Related Diseases: A Solutionary Unit

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on February 20, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw What are the biggest killers of people in the U.S. today? What is the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico? How can these two seemingly disparate problems possibly be connected? We… More

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Humane Education Activity: Whale’s Stomach

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 8, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw A recent report notes that by 2050 there could be more plastic than fish in our world’s oceans. And in the last few months there have been multiple reports of whales dying… More

What Do the Primary Causes of Death in the US Have to Do With the Dead Zone in the Gulf of Mexico? (A Solutionary Unit)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 31, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Consumerism, Education, Environmental Protection, Food & Diet, Health, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Math, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Psychology, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

What are the biggest killers of people in the U.S. today? What is the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico? How can these two seemingly disparate problems possibly be connected? This unit is designed… More

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Resources for Integrating Social Justice Into Your Classroom

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on January 18, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw As we celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr., and his legacy, today, it’s important to remember that, with global challenges growing and violence, injustice, cruelty and destruction flourishing, it’s vital that we address… More