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What’s the Price of Our Obsession With Beauty Products? (lesson plan)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 22, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  Our obsession with looks and beauty — especially among women — is at an all-time high. We search endlessly for the products that will transform our bodies into a more acceptable and desirable form,… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Track Every Penny (for at Least a Month)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 19, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw $300 on meals out. $50 for your caffeine buzz. A new shirt. The book you have to have (and then never read). In our super-sonic consumer culture focused on instant gratification and… More

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The Essential Elements of Humane Education

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on September 8, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Zoe Weil One of the signs of a good educator is dedication to lifelong research and truth; critical and creative thinking; and the discovery of new ideas, perspectives, and pedagogical approaches. If a teacher… More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Break the Habit of Mindless Habituation

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on August 11, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw You know how you’re lying in bed listening to the urban surf outside, and pretty soon you don’t even notice it? Or how we all ignore car alarms? Or how our eyes… More

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How We Make Stuff: The Story Behind Our Everyday Things

by Christiane Dorion

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 8, 2016 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Consumerism, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Food & Diet, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Filled with colorful images, pop-ups, and tabs, How We Make Stuff (grades 3-7) touches on where our stuff comes from. From burgers and chocolate to clothes and paper, each two-page spread highlights some of the… More

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Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World

by Matthieu Ricard

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 1, 2016 | Filed under Books, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Psychology, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Altruism: The Power of Compassion to Change Yourself and the World by Matthieu Ricard (864 pgs) is a remarkable piece of literature that deeply encourages us to examine ourselves, delves in to what altruism is,… More

¿Qué Caracteriza a Una Persona Humana?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 21, 2016 | Filed under Animal Protection, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Resources, Social Studies/History, Spanish

¿Cuáles son las cualidades más deseables e indeseables de los seres humanos? Utilicen ejemplos de historias y fotografías para ayudar a los estudiantes a identificar nuestras mejores (y peores) cualidades y cómo podemos fomentar más… More

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What Messages Are We Modeling?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on July 18, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw A 2015 Gallup poll shows that a third of Americans “want animals to have the same rights as people.” Other polls show that a strong majority of people in the U.S. believe… More

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Must-Read Articles About the 4th of July

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 4, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Even though I’m grateful for America’s independence and all the good things about the U.S., the 4th of July is hard for me. It has become a time of worry and fretting…. More

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5 Minute Changemaker: Pick Up Others’ Trash

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 30, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw The last couple of years, I’ve made a point of picking up at least one piece of trash a day from a street or parking lot. Since trash abounds, I readily exceed… More