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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Sociological Cinema & Sociological Images

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on July 25, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

When exploring issues related to human rights, the environment, animal protection and culture, images and video can be powerful tools. There’s a lot to consider in what we do and don’t notice; in how issues… More

The Sociological Cinema

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 16, 2013 | Filed under Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies, Websites

Created especially for sociology teachers, this website, which features and analyses videos and other multimedia through a lens of various social issues, is a great resource for humane educators wanting to bring these issues into… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: ProCon.org Helps Critical Thinking About Global Ethical Issues

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 9, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Recently the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, endorsed the website ProCon.org “for its use in critical thinking and civics education and its consistency with national Common Core standards.” We agree that it’s… More

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Web Spotlight: Understanding Prejudice

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on April 12, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

As much as we want to believe otherwise, prejudice is still a significant element of society. And many of us who would claim to be completely unprejudiced have biases that we may not even be… More

Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Dream of a Nation

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 28, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

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

Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Global Closet Calculator

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 26, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image screenshot National Geographic Education. As humane educators, we know it can be challenging to uncover the hidden costs of our product choices and where they were made. National Geographic Education has created a little… More

Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Animal Sentience Mosaic

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 12, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image screenshot Sentience Mosaic. Recently a group of scientists released the “Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness,” which declares: “Convergent evidence indicates that non-human animals have the neuroanatomical, neurochemical, and neurophysiological substrates of conscious states along with… More

Humane Educator’s Toolbox:Casual Homophobia Counter

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 4, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

Image screenshot nohomophobes.com. Most of the time we don’t mean to harm others with what we say. But there’s no doubt that our choice of language, whether conscious or not, can promote and condone violence… More

Sustaining Inspiration with a Social Justice Reading Group

Written by blogger | No Comments | Published on September 19, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

Contributing blogger Ariane White received her M.Ed. from the Institute for Humane Education in 2010. She currently serves as a 9th and 10th grade advisor and humanities teacher at Wildwood School in Los Angeles. She… More

Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Animal Protection as a Social Justice Issue

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 25, 2012 | Filed under Animal Protection, Human Rights, Humane Education, Social Justice

Comprehensive humane education is based on human rights, animal protection, and environmental stewardship as equally important and interconnected issues of social justice. But social justice has long been considered by many to be the territory… More