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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: The Critical Media Project

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

It’s no secret that young people in the U.S. spend an inordinate amount of time engaging with various kinds of digital media. The average is about eight hours a day — every day. That much… More

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Humane Educator’s Toolbox: ProCon.org Helps Critical Thinking About Global Ethical Issues

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on July 9, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

Recently the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, endorsed the website ProCon.org “for its use in critical thinking and civics education and its consistency with national Common Core standards.” We agree that it’s… More

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Web Spotlight: Understanding Prejudice

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | 1 Comment | Published on April 12, 2013 | Filed under Humane Connection

As much as we want to believe otherwise, prejudice is still a significant element of society. And many of us who would claim to be completely unprejudiced have biases that we may not even be… More

Resources for Teaching About Human Trafficking

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on January 19, 2012 | Filed under Humane Connection

On January 11, high school teacher Shelley Wright’s students each wore a barcode to school. Their goal? To “represent that people should not be bought and sold, to start conversations with those around them that… More

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Compassionate U: Toward a New Definition of Compassion

Written by Shawn Sweeney | No Comments | Published on August 24, 2011 | Filed under Humane Connection

  Today we have more information available to us than ever before. Knowledge that once took a very long time to transmit can now be available to us at our fingertips in a matter of… More

WebSpotlight: Brighter Green: A Wonderful Resource for Educators & Activists

Written by Zoe Weil | No Comments | Published on December 31, 2010 | Filed under Humane Connection

Check out Brighter Green. Brighter Green is “a non-profit action tank that works to transform public policy and dialogue on the environment, animals, and sustainability, both globally and locally, with a particular focus on equity… More

Humane Educator’s Toolbox: Products of Slavery

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on December 7, 2010 | Filed under Humane Connection

It’s bad enough learning that the products you’ve purchased have probably been produced in sweatshops. But, a large number of products in today’s global economy have been produced with child and/or slave labor. At least… More

Enhance Your Students’ Critical Thinking (& Your Own) With ProCon.org

Written by Marsha Rakestraw | No Comments | Published on October 25, 2010 | Filed under Humane Connection

Many educators are seeking strategies for helping their students think more deeply, critically and broadly about the challenging issues of our times, and ProCon.org is a great tool to help spark critical thinking about controversial… More