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Malala: A Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal: A Brave Boy from Pakistan

by Jeanette Winter

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 25, 2015 | Filed under Activism, Books, Children's Books, Education, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

This two-in-one book uses simple phrases and colorful illustrations to tell the stories of two brave child activists from Pakistan, both fighting for education and freedom for all children. Malala is outspoken about the importance… More

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Resources to Help Students Think Critically

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 22, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Critical thinking isn’t just a buzzword. It’s a vital skill that’s in demand by employers and central to a meaningful education. Students need to be able to find and assess accurate, credible information; to dive… More

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10 Most Popular Blog Posts from 2014

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 1, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

Happy New Year! 2015 promises to be a year full of hope, positive change, and even more people embracing humane education. We’re always curious about which of our blog posts our readers find the most… More

Animals and Media: A Style Guide for Giving Voice to the Voiceless

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 31, 2014 | Filed under Animal Protection, Communication, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

This website offers “style guidelines for media practitioners in the professions of journalism, entertainment media, advertising, and public relations to offer concrete guidance for how to cover and represent nonhuman animals in a fair, honest,… More

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Yasmin’s Hammer

by Ann Malaspina

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 31, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Consumerism, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Resources, Social Studies/History

Yasmin and her sister spend their days working hard in the brickyards to help make money for their family. Yasmin dreams of going to school so that she can have a better life (“… I… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: 35.8 Million Slaves

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on December 22, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

In some of our online courses at the Institute for Humane Education, participants learn about modern slavery. What they discover often shocks and horrifies them. Many people in developed countries remain unaware of slavery as… More

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Fostering Kindness, Graduating Solutionaries: An Interview with Zoe Weil

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on December 18, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

How can we foster kinder, more humane behavior? What does it mean to be kind if your choices cause others to suffer? Where should students’ brain space go? IHE president Zoe Weil addresses these issues… More

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12 Children’s Picture Books about Human Rights Issues

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 15, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Every human being has rights. From the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, each of us – woman, child, and man – has certain rights that… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: Our Expectations of Students Matter

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

Numerous studies have shown that when educators expect more of their students, they get more; and the reverse is also true. Our expectations of our students come through in our language, our behavior, and in… More

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Our Rights: How Kids Are Changing the World

by Janet Wilson

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 11, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History

This book offers brief profiles of children around the world who are working to help people in need, including other children.  Examples include Nujood from Yemen, who speaks out about child marriage; Hanwood from South… More