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Shaping Youth

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on April 8, 2014 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Education, Health, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Parenting, Resources, Websites

The Shaping Youth blog focuses on the influence of media and marketing on kids. With categories like “Body Image,” “Damaging Drek,” “Misogyny & Racism” and “Vapid Values,” Shaping Youth’s founder, Amy Jussel, keeps on top… More

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For Your Must-Read List: ‘Redefining Girly’

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 7, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Based on her own experiences with her children, Melissa Atkins Wardy’s book “Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween” (Chicago Review Press, 2014) delivers vital, realistic,… More

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Dream of a Nation: Inspiring Ideas for a Better America

by Tyson Miller, ed.

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 25, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Books, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Citizenship & Community, Consumerism, Environmental Protection, Health, Human Rights, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

“Dream of a Nation” is a book and project to increase awareness and inspire action around a variety of social, environmental, and democratic issues. The book is divided into 12 sections, each exploring a core… More

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Redefining Girly: How Parents Can Fight the Stereotyping and Sexualizing of Girlhood, from Birth to Tween

by Melissa Atkins Wardy

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 10, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Books, Consumerism, Health, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Parenting, Resources

Based on her own experiences with her children, Melissa Atkins Wardy’s book delivers vital, realistic, actionable tips and ideas for helping parents navigate the challenges of raising a healthy, confident girl in today’s stereotyped and… More

Humane Trends

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 6, 2014 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

“Humane Trends is a barometer of the status of animal protection in the United States. This study brings together a collection of 25 diverse indicators to assess the status and progress of animal well-being, providing… More

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8 Videos Exploring Empathy

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 20, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For February, American Heart Month, we’re posting about compassion, empathy and love. Let us know what you think by commenting.) Empathy is a key component of… More

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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

The Dodo

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 19, 2014 | Filed under Animal Protection, Humane Living, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Websites

The Dodo is a hub for stories, photos, videos, and other media about nonhuman animals and our changing relationship with them. The Dodo seeks to “remind us of just how great our impact on animals… More

Inspiring a New Generation of Peace Journalists: A Peace Journalism and Freelance Writing Primer

by Jessie Huart

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on January 9, 2014 | Filed under Animal Protection, Communication, Environmental Protection, Human Rights, Humane Education, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Peace, Politics & Democracy, Publications, Resources, Social Studies/History, Student Publications

Peace journalism reflects on the background and context of local, national, and international conflicts and issues while considering multiple perspectives; it highlights nonviolent and humane problem-solving ideas and initiatives. Peace journalism tells the full story… More

Brainstorming a Social Business to Combat Poverty

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 15, 2013 | Filed under Activism, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Citizenship & Community, Environmental Protection, Health, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Social Studies/History

Using Muhammad Yunus and his work as a model, students will explore the concept of social businesses and how such a model might be used to help alleviate poverty. Recommended for grades 9-12. Time: a… More