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Atreverse a Ser Diferente

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 11, 2014 | Filed under Elementary, Human Rights, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Resources, Social Studies/History, Spanish

¿Qué es prejuicio? ¿Por qué algunas personas juzgan otras por sus diferencias? ¿Cómo podemos hacer elecciones positivas que reflejen comprensión, aceptación y tolerancia? Los estudiantes aprenderan sobre estos asuntos y tendrán la oportunidad de “atreverse… More

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Desmond and the Very Mean Word

by Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Douglas Carlton Abrams

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on August 10, 2014 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Communication, Elementary, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Resources, Social Studies/History

When a group of boys shout “a very mean word” at a young Desmond, he wants to hurt them back, rather than take the advice of his mentor, Father Trevor, and forgive them. “When you… More

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New Global Issues Guide: Teaching and Learning about Human Genocide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 31, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

“Never again!” was something often-repeated after the holocaust of World War 2. “Never again!” was a promise to past and future generations that the world would refuse to allow such horrific atrocities to resurface. Yet… More

Human Genocide Global Issues Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 27, 2014 | Filed under Global Issues Guides, Human Rights, Peace, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Find suggested books, websites, articles, videos, lesson plans, activities and other resources on issues of human genocide to help you learn and/or teach about this topic. More

Heartbeat of Social Change

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 22, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, College/Adult, Environmental Protection, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History

People often find it easy to judge oppressions that society has addressed in the past, yet miss the similarities between past and present forms of oppression. This activity compares historical social change issues to present… More

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14 Children’s Picture Books Exploring Race and Racism

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 26, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Studies show that children can learn racially-biased behaviors as young as three and learn to categorize people by race (non-verbally) at as young as six months. Yet we’re often reluctant to talk about race or… More

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Race & Racism: Our Newest Global Issues Guide

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 19, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

We don’t like to admit it, but we live in a racist society. We don’t like to talk about race and racism, sometimes because we’re afraid we’ll say the wrong thing, but meanwhile our society… 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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Humane Education Activity: Judge Not, Lest Ye Be Judged

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on September 26, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

How do our own stereotypes and judgments limit our openness and receptivity to others? Especially at the beginning of the school year, as students meet new fellow-students, teachers, and others in the school community, it’s… More

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Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves

by Louise Derman-Sparks & Julie Olsen Edwards

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on September 3, 2013 | Filed under Books, Citizenship & Community, Education, Human Rights, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Parenting, Resources, Social Studies/History

How we set the tone about anti-bias in our classrooms & learning centers can influence the entire year — and possibly the whole of children’s lives. Children learn at an early age about differences in… More