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I Am a Humane Educator: Pierce Delahunt

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

Pierce Delahunt, New Yorker and IHE M.Ed. student, developed a passion for revolutionary education that grew from his own education experiences. Now the director of community outreach for IHE’s Solutionary School NYC and staff for… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: Digging Deeper Than Food Drives and “Poor People”

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

Winter holidays are one of the times our hands and hearts turn to helping those who are “less fortunate.” Homelessness and poverty for students is at an all-time high. In homes and schools, there are… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “101 Changemakers”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 4, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

The editors of “101 Changemakers” have created an accessible and useful book to help  “share empowering history and ideas with our children.” As they say, “Children do learn in school about a handful of advocates… More

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Staying Current, Lessening the Despair

Written by Jessie Huart Sullivan | No Comments | Published on December 3, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

What if when we listened to or read the news, we heard stories about people creating humane, practical solutions to the urgent problems of the world? What if the feelings of helplessness and despair were… More

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Resources for Humane(r) Holidays

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 1, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Celebrations are an important part of our culture and can add true meaning and joy to our lives. With corporate media and marketing inundating us with messages to consume and spend, those of us wanting… 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