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Softening Eyes, Softening Hearts with Humane Education

Written by Lexie Greer | 2 Comments | Published on November 19, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

In 2010, my 11th year in the classroom, I was struggling with my career as a public school teacher.  I felt deflated, disillusioned, and lost in an overwhelming sea of confusion and fear. State budget… More

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Humane Education Through Music

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

Music is a powerful tool for social change and a valuable vehicle for exploration in schools. An article in the Association for Psychological Science noted that ” … listening to music stands out as an… More

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Rethinking Mathematics: Teaching Social Justice by the Numbers

by Eric Gutstein & Bob Peterson

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 3, 2014 | Filed under Books, Citizenship & Community, Education, Human Rights, Math, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History

As the editors of “Rethinking Mathematics” note, “Math is often taught in ways divorced from the real world.” In this book, Gutstein and Peterson offer insights and examples for teaching math in ways that helps… More

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I Am a Humane Educator: Lauren Allison

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 15, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Lauren Allison, who earned her M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership with a concentration in Humane Education, teaches middle school English at a school in Porter, Indiana. She discovered humane education while looking for options to complete… More

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Resources for Reexamining Columbus Day

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 13, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Today is Columbus Day in the U.S., and this year, as in generations before, elementary schools all across the country will teach another group of children that, “In 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue” and… More

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Help Create the Change You Want to See: Sign Up for an IHE Online Course This Fall

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

Between recent unimaginable tragedies and stories of hope the world is ripe for positive change. Embrace the power and possibility in this transition to fall and sign up for one of our online courses. Grow… More

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Do Your Students See Themselves (and Others) in Your Classroom?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 28, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

When school resumes this fall, “black, Latino, Asian, and Native American students will together make up a narrow majority of the nation’s public school students,” according to the latest figures from the National Center for… More

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Resources for Teaching and Talking About Ferguson

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 25, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

As students and teachers head back to school, many of them are focused on what’s happening in Ferguson, Missouri. The tragic killing of Michael Brown by a police offer and the subsequent protests have catalyzed… More

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Looking Beyond Gender Stereotypes

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 28, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Not too long ago, a couple of essays appeared in Slate and New York Magazine castigating mothers of girls for complaining about the “pinkification” of girl stuff, citing it as an example of girl blaming…. More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Enrich Experience With Serial Testimony

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 31, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Learning is often much more powerful and meaningful when we’re able to make a personal connection. “Serial testimony” is a useful technique that helps students use their personal experiences as a springboard for making deeper… More