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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Playground: The Child Sex Trade in America”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on August 13, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “There is no economy that needs to be built on the suffering of children.” ~ from the film When we think of the sex trade, we mostly think about women in “foreign”… More

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The Invisible War

by Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 28, 2015 | Filed under College/Adult, High School, Human Rights, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

Soldiers in the U.S. military already encounter a variety of dangers. But many, especially women, encounter a danger of a different kind. “The Invisible War” (99 mins) examines the epidemic of sexual assault in the… More

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Beyond Carnism

by Melanie Joy

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 20, 2015 | Filed under Animal Protection, College/Adult, Food & Diet, High School, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Psychology, Resources, Science, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

“Every day we engage in a behavior that requires us to distort our thoughts, numb our feelings, and act against our core values, and which enables a global atrocity that can make even the most… More

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Playground: The Child Sex Trade in America

by Libby Spears and George Clooney

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on July 19, 2015 | Filed under Activism, Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Politics & Democracy, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

“There is no economy that needs to be built on the suffering of children.” ~ from the film When we think of the sex trade, we mostly think about women in “foreign” countries – non-Westernized… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Project Wild Thing”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 16, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw How can we get kids (and adults) to fall in love with the natural world again? How do we get them to put down their screens and get outside? David Bond, filmmaker… More

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Questions for Changemakers to Ask Ourselves When We Watch Films

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 13, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw When I worked as a school librarian helping students gain research skills, I was surprised at how many students were startled to discover that just because something is in a book (or… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Shoulders” Inspires Collective Action for Our “Blue Dot” Home

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 26, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

While it’s vital that we as humane educators help teach others about challenging issues so that they can make informed choices aligned with their values, it’s equally vital that we do so in a way… More

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It’s Elementary: Talking About Gay Issues in School

by Debra Chasnoff

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 9, 2015 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Education, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Parenting, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

What happens when experienced teachers talk in their classrooms about people who are gay? Where do kids get their ideas about people who are gay? Why is there a belief that talking about people who… More

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Bully

by Lee Hirsch and Cynthia Lowen

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | Published on March 9, 2015 | Filed under Citizenship & Community, College/Adult, Education, High School, Human Rights, Language Arts, Media & Culture, Middle School, Parenting, Peace, Psychology, Resources, Social Studies/History, Videos/Movies

“They push me so far that I want to become the bully.” ~ Alex “Bully” (99 min) profiles several young people who have been bullied in various ways, from Alex, 12, who is bullied mainly… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: “Beyond Carnism”

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on February 23, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw “Every day we engage in a behavior that requires us to distort our thoughts, numb our feelings, and act against our core values, and which enables a global atrocity that can make… More