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Gay-Straight Alliances Improve School Culture, Help Prevent Suicide

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

According to a new study published in the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies (h/t to Alternet), Canadian schools that have longer-standing (three years or more) gay-straight alliances (GSAs) and/or anti-homophobic bullying policies… More

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The Changemaker Trap That Actually Makes People Resist Positive Change

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 6 Comments | Published on September 30, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Last night I had dinner with some new non-vegan friends and colleagues. I was the only vegan there, and it came out that they’d been a bit concerned that I’d pull out my “vegan police”… More

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Why We Need Humane Education: Because Shiny Objects Can Cause Us to Alter Our Values

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

I have a confession. I’ve knowingly been contributing to the genocide of orangutans and the destruction of the rainforest. I’ve been supporting war, sweatshops, the pollution of our oceans, and the rise in global warming…. More

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Having Trouble Inspiring Positive Change? Maybe You’re Not Speaking the Right Language

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 13, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy Sacca/Flickr. Tell me about the personal economic benefits of weatherizing my home or of driving less, and I’m likely to lose interest quickly. Tell me that taking those actions will cause less harm… More

Why We Need Humane Education: Study Shows Kids Influence Adult Environmental Choices

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 20, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Does humane education work? Does it change attitudes and behaviors and nurture more solutionaries? Where’s the evidence? Many of us can tell a plethora of humane education success stories from what we’ve witnessed ourselves, but… More

Why We Need Humane Education: Research Shows Having More Money, Power Makes People Less Humane

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 10, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

In our current society, we need a certain amount of money to be able to live with adequate food, shelter, and other necessities. And studies show that our perception of how much money is enough… More

Why We Need Humane Education: Studies Show Affluence Can Encourage Unethical Behavior

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 1, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image courtesy of Muffet via Creative Commons. Last summer during our Summer Institute for educators, one of the topics we discussed as a potential lesson for students was exploring the difference between affluence and affluenza…. More

The True Cost of a Burger

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on February 24, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

A recent UK study evaluating the carbon footprint of 61 categories of food reveals that a switch to a vegetarian or vegan diet would dramatically reduce carbon emissions. Here’s an excerpt from a Science Daily… More

Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Battling Bad Science

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 13, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

Coffee both causes and prevents cancer? Shopping makes men impotent? We’ve all seen the headlines that oversimplify health and nutrition issues, and sometimes even mislead.  This is a perfect arena to help students flex their… More

A Morality Pill?

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on February 3, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

Peter Singer and Agata Sagan had an opinion piece in The New York Times this past Sunday, which asks whether we’re ready for a morality pill. The essay describes the variation between humans (as well… More