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How Well Are You Spending the Jellybeans of Your Life?

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

One of the humane education activities we use to help students and changemakers think more deeply about their passions, goals and choices is to ask them to imagine that they’re very old, approaching the ends… More

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7 Tips for Paying Attention to What We’re Paying Attention To

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

Spanish philosopher Jose Ortega y Gasset said, “Tell me to what you pay attention, and I will tell you who you are.” As 21st-century citizens, we have a lot competing for our attention. What we… More

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Are Picture Books Cultivating Consumerism in Kids? This Study Says Yes

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on February 3, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

If you’re a teacher, parent or picture-book aficionado, you know the powerful messages and values (both positive and otherwise) that can be embedded in children’s literature. As a babysitter, Rachel Franz started noticing a trend…. More

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Are You Practicing the Hard Kind of Kindness?

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

When it comes to people we like, and even strangers, it can be pretty easy to be kind. But most of us know at least a couple of people we just don’t like. And then… More

I Think Therefore I Act

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on December 11, 2013 | Filed under Activism, Animal Protection, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Consumerism, Environmental Protection, High School, Human Rights, Humane Living, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History

Based on the Privilege Walk, this activity encourages students/participants to develop an awareness of the kinds of choices we make every day that impact other people, nonhuman animals, and the environment. Recommended for grades 9… More

In Your Face: Reclaiming Billboards

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on October 30, 2013 | Filed under Arts, Business & Social Entrepreneurship, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, High School, Language Arts, Lesson Plans/Activities, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History

Billboards are omnipresent in most communities and on many roadways. These in-our-face ads can have a powerful influence on us. Students explore issues surrounding billboards and the values billboard ads promote and  design new billboards… More

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8 Strategies for Helping Others Open Themselves to (New) Humane Ideas

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 22, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

As humane educators, we’re passionate about creating a better world for people, animals, and the earth. And when we’re so focused on inspiring others to open their minds and hearts to new ideas in order… 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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The Adventures of Mali & Keela: A Virtues Book for Children

by Jonathan Collins

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 31, 2013 | Filed under Books, Children's Books, Citizenship & Community, Elementary, Media & Culture, Resources

The Adventures of Mali & Keela offers 13 adventure stories as a framework for exploring 52 different virtues (kindness, generosity, perseverance, integrity, etc.) with children. The stories share the adventures of Princess Keela, her friend… More