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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: ProCon.org Helps Critical Thinking About Global Ethical Issues

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 9, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Recently the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, endorsed the website ProCon.org “for its use in critical thinking and civics education and its consistency with national Common Core standards.” We agree that it’s… More

What Humane Education Looks like: Finding the Connections and Root Causes of Global Issues

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on September 10, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

We live in a world in which we too often dichotomize issues into a simple black/white, either/or, us/them framework. We find it in the news, in our education curricula, in our government and business policies,… More

Localization v. Globalization: A False Dichotomy

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on December 9, 2011 | Filed under Humane Connection

For my blog post today, I’m sharing a recent post I wrote for Common Dreams, a progressive news site. Here’s an excerpt from “Localization v. Globalization: A False Dichotomy”: “The economic localization movement is growing…. More

Making Choices About Charitable Giving

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on December 5, 2011 | Filed under Humane Connection

A New York Times essay on giving asks where we should be spending our charitable dollars. While charitable giving increased a bit in 2010, according to Giving USA donations to organizations that address “basic human… More

The False Dichotomy of Localization vs. Globalization

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on November 23, 2011 | Filed under Humane Connection

I recently watched Helena Norberg-Hodge’s TEDx talk, The Economics of Happiness. I’ve appreciated Helena Norberg-Hodge’s work for some time, but I was disappointed in her TEDx talk. Helena is an impassioned speaker, with much global… More

Changemaker Jay Smooth: We’re Not Supposed to Be Perfect When It Comes to Navigating Race

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 22, 2011 | Filed under Humane Connection

“It’s the connection we maintain with our imperfections that allows us to be good.” ~ Jay Smooth Virtually all of us want to think that we’re good. But, as video blogger, radio host, and acclaimed… More

Helping Youth Become Solutionaries: The Rockville, Maryland Proposed Deer Hunt

Written by Zoe Weil | 1 Comment | Published on August 22, 2011 | Filed under Humane Connection

For my blog post today, I wanted to share a letter I wrote to the mayor and council members of Rockville, Maryland, regarding their proposed deer hunt. While they are hearing from many people and… More

Look Beyond Either/Or to the Both-And

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on April 18, 2011 | Filed under Humane Connection

I’m swamped with our new graduate programs right now, so here’s a repost from 7/20/09 that I hope you’ll enjoy. I’ve been thinking a lot about the ways in which we humans seem to gravitate… More

Enhance Your Students’ Critical Thinking (& Your Own) With ProCon.org

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 25, 2010 | Filed under Humane Connection

Many educators are seeking strategies for helping their students think more deeply, critically and broadly about the challenging issues of our times, and ProCon.org is a great tool to help spark critical thinking about controversial… More

Local Versus Global, Consumerism vs. Simplicity

Written by Zoe Weil | 1 Comment | Published on September 6, 2010 | Filed under Humane Connection, Uncategorized

I was reading an article in the July/August issue of Ode Magazine titled, “If you’ve got it, spend it: How consumer spending can help create a fairer, richer, greener and more stable global economy.” The… More