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Solutionary Spotlight: Eight Year Old Shows How to “Make Lemons into Lemonade”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 15, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For May, in honor of Be Kind to Animals Week (May 4-10), we’re posting about animal protection issues and resources. Let us know what you think… More

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Humane Education Activities: Who’s Missing From Mainstream Media?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 4, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

A couple years ago at our graduate student residency, one of the students led an activity looking for the prevalence of men, women, and people of color as authors of articles in different sections of… More

Where Are the People Like Me?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 29, 2013 | Filed under Consumerism, Elementary, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History

Students assess examples of  media (catalogs, magazines, books, etc.) to consider who is (and isn’t represented) and to explore the impact of lack of diversity in media and their own rich experiences with diversity. Recommended… More

Mouse vs. Zucchini: A Lesson on Perspective

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 7, 2013 | Filed under Animal Protection, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Humane Living, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Using a brief video featuring a mouse and a zucchini on a kitchen counter, students will consider the issue of perspective and discover and think about the perspectives of other people and of nonhuman animals…. More

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The Freedom of Real Education: “This is Water” (video)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 15, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

“This is Water,” a video (9 min) featuring an excerpt of a commencement speech given by author David Foster Wallace,  offers some terrific insights on choice, mindfulness, awareness, and the real value of education. Some… More

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It’s Not About You: Tips on Widening Your Perspective for a Better Life and World

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on April 11, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

For my blog post today, I’m sharing a recent essay I wrote for Care2.com, an online community for people passionate about creating a better world. Here’s an excerpt from “It’s Not About You: Tips on… More

4 Reasons to Embrace Failure

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 11, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy RussellDavies/Flickr. I’ve been reading the memoir of Wangari Maathai, Nobel Peace Prize winner, member of Kenyan parliament, Green Belt Movement founder. She was an amazing trailblazer. I’ve enjoyed reading about her life and… More

My Solstice Wish for Humanity

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on December 20, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

We’re swamped with some exciting projects (stay tuned), so please enjoy this repost from 12/21/11. Tomorrow night is the longest night in the northern hemisphere and the longest day in the southern hemisphere. Usually on… More

Humane Education Activity: Learning From Our Heroes and Enemies

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 3 Comments | Published on July 30, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

We’re often told to look for heroes we can turn to for inspiration. How often do we seek out what we can learn from people we dislike, or those who’ve done evil? At our summer… More