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Become a Global Citizen (video)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on May 5, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

“… the world’s future depends on global citizens.” Globally, news stories and conversations abound about keeping certain kinds of people (refugees, immigrants, people with beliefs we fear) out of “our” borders. We hear talk of… More

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4 Videos for Introducing Privilege

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on April 11, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw When I was in school, we never talked about privilege. I think the first time it was addressed in a class was my studies in humane education — after 2.5 bachelor’s degrees… More

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Why We Need to “Degender” Children’s Toys (video)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on March 19, 2016 | Filed under Humane Connection

  by Marsha Rakestraw “Toys are far more gendered today than at any point over the 20th century.” In her TEDx talk, “Beyond the Blue and Pink Toy Divide,” sociologist Dr. Elizabeth Sweet highlights the… More

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Are You a “Multipotentialite” Changemaker? (video)

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on November 19, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw In her forthcoming book, The World Becomes What We Teach: Educating a Generation of Solutionaries, IHE president Zoe Weil invites teachers to ask themselves and their students the following questions as a… More

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What Do You Know About Modern Human Slavery?

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 24, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw In our online courses we present participants with a sampling of resources highlighting just a few of the global ethical issues humane educators teach (and learn) about. One of the issues people are… More

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4 Video Resources for Exploring Race, Racism, Stereotypes, and Microaggressions

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 3 Comments | Published on October 12, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Talking about race, racism, and institutional oppression can be challenging, especially when many white people are feeling defensive, uncomfortable, and confused. Videos, including those using humor, can be a great tool for… More

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Whose Fault Is It?

Written by Jessie Huart Sullivan | No Comments | Published on October 10, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Jessie Huart Sullivan Why does it make us feel better to place blame? Many of us are guilty of it. When something goes wrong, our first instinct is to determine whose fault it is…. More

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Embrace Your Role as a Hummingbird

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 5, 2015 | Filed under Humane Connection

by Marsha Rakestraw Thinking about all our global challenges can leave us feeling overwhelmed and powerless. In this excerpt from the documentary “Dirt” activist and changemaker Wangari Maathai tells the story of the hummingbird, who,… More

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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