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Embracing Our Heartbreak to Find Our Solutionary Paths

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 16, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Part of the purpose and joy of humane education is in helping others find their path as solutionaries. Often we ask people passionate about creating a better world to reflect on questions like these to… More

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To Fight Poverty, We Must First See It Clearly

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on October 29, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

I recently attended the day-long Healthy Peninsula Early Childhood Conference in Blue Hill, Maine. The topic for this year’s conference was “The Poverty Hurdle,” and the workshop presenter was Dr. Donna Beegle, a remarkable woman… More

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Inspiring Youth to Be Solutionaries

Written by Zoe Weil | 4 Comments | Published on October 22, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

As I was preparing to give my keynote address at the Educating for a Just, Peaceful & Sustainable Future conference on Sept. 21, I looked for some recent examples of young solutionaries who are addressing… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Each Kindness

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 12, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

“Ms. Albert had brought a big bowl into class and filled it with water. We all gathered around her desk and watched her drop a small stone into it. Tiny waves rippled out, away from… More

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The Kindness Quilt

by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 9, 2013 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Early Childhood, Elementary, Humane Living, Resources

When Minna’s teacher, Mrs. Bloom, reads the Aesop’s Fable about a mouse and lion being kind to each other, the class is inspired to create a Kindness Project. When Minna presents her project — a… More

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Each Kindness

by Jacqueline Woodson

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on June 4, 2013 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Early Childhood, Elementary, Resources

New girl, Maya, comes to school and tries to befriend Chloe. But Maya’s clothes are shabby, and Chloe continually rejects Maya’s attempts at friendship. When Ms. Albert teaches a lesson about kindness, Chloe realizes she… More

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Most Teens Don’t Think the World is Becoming a Better Place

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on May 9, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

At the EARCOS conference, one of the other keynote speakers was Michael Furdyk, co-founder of TakingITGlobal, a fantastic organization we’ve written about and highlighted at IHE. During his keynote, Michael shared an interesting (if not… More

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The Good, the Bad & the Ugly About Bullying Prevention in Schools

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on May 8, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

We’re fans of the pro-hero approach, rather than using an anti-bullying framework,  but given that most educational institutions still think and act in terms of anti-bullying, this recent study by the American Educational Research Association… More