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Iqbal: A Novel

by Francesco D'Adamo

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 1, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Books, Children's Books, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History

“Iqbal: A Novel” (120 pgs, gr. 4-7) is a fictionalized account of a real life hero, the courageous Pakistani boy Iqbal Masih, who fought for the freedom of child slave laborers. The story is told… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Simple Questions to Ask Ourselves Before We Buy

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 28, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Despite the rise of minimalism and conscious consumerism and the possibility of “peak stuff,” we humans still buy a lot. Grist recently reported on a new study in the Journal of Industrial… More

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IHE’s Graduate Program Changed Our Lives – It Will Change Yours, Too

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 16, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Most of us have been blessed with at least a few positive life-changing experiences. Mine have included getting married at 18 (and still being married more than 30 years later to my… More

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Introducing Elementary Teachers to Humane Education

Written by Elizabeth Crawford | 3 Comments | Published on April 14, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Elizabeth O. Crawford, Ph.D. with Claire Roehl, M.Ed. Speaking at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden declared: “For me, being a teacher isn’t just what I do — it’s who… More

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Resources for Teaching and Learning About Food Waste

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 28, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw According to reports, worldwide we humans waste between 30-50% of our food sometime during the production and consumption cycles. That’s a lot of waste, and an invaluable resource that isn’t finding its… More

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The Case for Loving: The Fight for Interracial Marriage

by Selina Alko and Sean Qualls

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 15, 2016 | Filed under Activism, Books, Children's Books, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

It’s 1958. And although Richard and Mildred Loving got married in a state in which interracial marriage is legal, in their home state of Virginia, it was not. So when they returned to Virginia, they… More

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14 Picture Books About Women Changemakers

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 12, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw There is no shortage of examples of how sexism continues to pervade our society. One recent example is this video of women actors reading casting call character descriptions (most of which are… 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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I Am a Taxi

by Deborah Ellis

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on February 22, 2016 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Diego lives in a cell in an overcrowded prison in Bolivia, with his mother and baby sister. Diego’s parents, who farmed cocoa, a traditional Bolivian medicinal plant, were falsely accused of transporting drugs and are… More

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We Must Develop Truly Solutionary Solutions

Written by Zoe Weil | 2 Comments | Published on February 18, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil If you conduct a web search for “kid heroes” you’ll discover wonderful children doing great things. It is inspiring to read their stories, learn about their generosity, and know that kindness and… More