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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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Help Create the Change You Want to See: Sign Up for an IHE Online Course This Fall

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 10, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Between recent unimaginable tragedies and stories of hope the world is ripe for positive change. Embrace the power and possibility in this transition to fall and sign up for one of our online courses. Grow… More

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4 Tips to Help Us Make Those Ethical Changes We’re Struggling With

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 8, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

We want our lives to reflect our deepest values. We know the harmful impacts of some of our choices. We fully acknowledge the benefits of certain actions, and yet we struggle. We struggle to make… More

Growing Changemakers

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 2, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Arts, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Elementary, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History

Through this activity students will gain insight into their own lives, and will be able to connect how their past and who they are as individuals today will help guide them to become changemakers. Through… More

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In Trying to Do Good, Have You Lost Sight of the Bigger Picture?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 23, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Browse bookshelves and blogs and you’ll find stories of people striving toward extraordinary goals: zero waste, plastic-free, gender-neutral, a level 5 vegan, no products made in China. Reducing the harm we cause is an important… More

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One Small Step Can Change Your Life: The Kaizen Way

by Robert Maurer

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on May 11, 2014 | Filed under Books, Humane Living, Media & Culture, Psychology, Resources

As humane educators and committed citizens, we know the importance of working for both personal and systemic change; one won’t work without the other. But all the demands and distractions on our time, the challenges… More

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The Pet Shop Revolution

by Ana Juan

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on April 24, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Books, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Resources

Mean Mr. Walnut has the biggest pet shop in the city, selling unhappy animals to wealthy people. No one has enough courage to confront him until Mina’s pet rabbit goes missing. With the help of… More

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How Well Are You Spending the Jellybeans of Your Life?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 14, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

One of the humane education activities we use to help students and changemakers think more deeply about their passions, goals and choices is to ask them to imagine that they’re very old, approaching the ends… More

I Think Therefore I Act

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 11, 2013 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Consumerism, Environmental Protection, High School, Human Rights, Humane Living, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History

Based on the Privilege Walk, this activity encourages students/participants to develop an awareness of the kinds of choices we make every day that impact other people, nonhuman animals, and the environment. Recommended for grades 9… More

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8 Strategies for Helping Others Open Themselves to (New) Humane Ideas

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 22, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

As humane educators, we’re passionate about creating a better world for people, animals, and the earth. And when we’re so focused on inspiring others to open their minds and hearts to new ideas in order… More