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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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9 Videos for Exploring Gender Stereotypes and Gender Roles

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on June 30, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Messages about what it means to be masculine or feminine, a man or a woman, a boy or a girl saturate our culture, from media and marketing, to the people we’re around growing up, to… More

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Solutionary Spotlight: Eight Year Old Shows How to “Make Lemons into Lemonade”

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

(Our Thursday blog posts are now reflecting monthly themes. For May, in honor of Be Kind to Animals Week (May 4-10), we’re posting about animal protection issues and resources. Let us know what you think… More

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12 Resources for Free Films on Humane Issues

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 12, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Especially these days when our youth begin drinking in technology about the same time they start breastfeeding, images and video are important tools for sharing information with kids and encouraging them to think critically about… 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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Changing the “Single Story” About Africa(ns) … and Others

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 16, 2014 | Filed under Humane Connection

Recently I read two books, each featuring a female protagonist. One was by a black woman from Barbados, the book filled with characters of color living “normal” lives. The other by a white man who… More

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It’s Time to Talk About Our Messages About Masculinity: 3 Films to Start Us Off

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 19, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

“Strength is about adapting to change, not about retreating from it and lashing back with violence out of fear. And it’s high time we had a definition of manhood capable of meeting that challenge.” ~… More

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Amanda Palmer: The Power of Trust and Asking for Help (video)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 5, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

At its core humane education (and changemaking) is about communication and connection. It’s about building relationships. In a fabulous TED talk, artist and musician Amanda Palmer discusses the new relationship between artist and fan and… More

What’s the Big Idea

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on November 24, 2013 | Filed under Animal Protection, Citizenship & Community, Environmental Protection, Humane Living, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Media Literacy, Middle School, Resources, Social Studies/History, Websites

What’s the Big Idea seeks to introduce middle school students to philosophical (moral and ethical) concepts through film and discussion. The website offers film clips, discussion questions and follow-up activities on topics such as bullying,… More