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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 Education Activity: The Heartbeat of Social Change

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 2 Comments | Published on October 23, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

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 for students in grades nine and older,… More

True Price and MOGO Speed Rounds

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 13, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Consumerism, Elementary, Environmental Protection, Health, High School, Human Rights, Humane Living, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Middle School, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

Through these quick icebreakers, help make it second nature for students to think about how all their decisions relate to a just and humane world. Recommended for grades 5 and up. Time: 5-20 minutes More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Earth Focus

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 21, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Whatever subject you teach, grappling with issues that affect our environment (and thus us and nonhuman animals) is a vital part of helping your students become leaders and changemakers for a better world. Here’s a… More

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Why Lasting Peace Begins with the Children

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on July 28, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Like most people, I have followed the recent news, heartsick by the deaths of so many — so many children and civilians in Gaza, as well as soldiers in Israel. I have imagined the horror… More

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Inspiring Changemakers with the Rethink Challenge

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 24, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

One of the most powerful aspects of humane education is its focus on positive solutions. Educating students about global challenges is important, but it’s the integration of connection, creativity, critical thinking, and creating solutions that… More

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How Well Does Your Country Contribute to the Common Good?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 17, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Here at IHE we often talk about the importance of embracing our personal responsibility to do the most good and least harm for all. Now a new Index strives to measure how “good” each country… More

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Find Inspiration and Support with Stories of Solutionaries and Changemakers

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 14, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

When the news and media are saturated with stories of violence, cruelty, greed, destruction, and suffering — or fixated on celebrities, gossip, and superficial issues — generating enthusiasm and effort toward working to create a… More

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Not My Life

by Robert Bilheimer

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 13, 2014 | Filed under College/Adult, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

Imagine being told that your child would be taught a valuable trade, but instead they were whisked away and forced to work in dangerous conditions for 14 hours a day and given barely enough food… More

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American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs

by Grace Lee

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 13, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Education, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

To many activists and community organizers, 99-year-old Grace Lee Boggs is a legend. From her work as a Black power activist and labor and political revolutionary to her writing, teaching, speaking, and launching of direct… More