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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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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Gregg Segal’s “7 Days of Garbage”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 20, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Photography is a powerful lens for bringing attention to the destructive impacts of our choices and a meaningful voice for positive social change. Peter Menzel in his book “Material World” shone a light on our… More

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Softening Eyes, Softening Hearts with Humane Education

Written by Lexie Greer | 2 Comments | Published on November 19, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

In 2010, my 11th year in the classroom, I was struggling with my career as a public school teacher.  I felt deflated, disillusioned, and lost in an overwhelming sea of confusion and fear. State budget… More

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Humane Education Through Music

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 17, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Music is a powerful tool for social change and a valuable vehicle for exploration in schools. An article in the Association for Psychological Science noted that ” … listening to music stands out as an… More

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Humane Education Activity: Racism Alphabet

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 13, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

The headlines are full of examples of racism, and many of our institutions promote and condone the discrimination and oppression of people of color. As part of a recent research project, MTV discovered that millennials,… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Margie Pacher

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 12, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

As a yoga teacher, humane educator, and humane society adoption counselor in Sarasota, Florida, IHE M.Ed. graduate Margie Pacher offers tools that improve physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being, enhance personal relationships, and deepen sensitivity… More

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Storytelling Matters: What Moves People to Action?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on November 10, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Several years ago my husband and I watched “Hotel Rwanda” together. We both found the film disturbing and powerful, but while I was moved to take action, he was not. Of course I understood that… More

Map Your World

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 4, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, Education, Environmental Protection, Health, Human Rights, Language Arts, Math, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Websites

Inspired by the documentary “The Revolutionary Optimists” Map Your World offers a curriculum and resources to help teachers empower their students to explore local and global issues that matter, to write surveys, collect data, and… More

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Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers

by Eric Gutstein & Bob Peterson

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 3, 2014 | Filed under Books, Citizenship & Community, Education, Human Rights, Math, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

As the editors of “Rethinking Mathematics” note, “Math is often taught in ways divorced from the real world.” In this book, Gutstein and Peterson offer insights and examples for teaching math in ways that helps… More

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Food Waste: IHE’s New Global Issues Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 30, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

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 resources that isn’t finding its way to those… More