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Teaching Critical Thinking: An Interview with Steve Pearlman

I recently read Steve Pearlman’s excellent new book, America’s Critical Thinking Crisis: the Failure and Promise of Education, and I immediately reached out to him. At the Institute for Humane Education, we share Steve’s conviction that critical thinking is critically important, and we’re thrilled that he offers pedagogical approaches for creating critical thinkers. Steve is…

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How to avoid living with regret

Zoe Weil wrote this post for Psychology Today, which we’re sharing with you today. We hope that you have a safe and healthy new year. When I was twenty-three, my beloved father died of cancer. He had battled the disease for five years. My friends knew of my dad’s cancer, but I turned to very…

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Humane Education and Yoga: An Interview with Susanna Barkataki, M.Ed.

Susanna Barkataki is an Indian yoga practitioner in the Shankaracharya tradition who supports practitioners to lead with equity, diversity, and yogic values. She graduated from our M.Ed. program in 2010, founded Ignite Yoga and Wellness Institute, and runs Yoga Teacher Training programs. Last month, her new book, Embrace Yoga’s Roots: Courageous Ways to Deepen Your…

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Bringing light to darkness

Zoe Weil wrote this post for Psychology Today, which we’re sharing with you today. We hope that you are safe and healthy and wish you happy holidays. I am writing from my home in the northeasternmost state in the U.S. as Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, approaches. There sure is a lot…

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Education to Save the World: An Interview with Julie Stern

 Julie Stern is the co-founder of Education to Save the World and the best-selling author of Tools for Teaching Conceptual Understanding, Elementary and Secondary, and the upcoming book Learning that Transfers: Designing Curriculum for a Changing World. Her passion is synthesizing the best of education research into practical tools that support educators in breaking free…

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Making Kindness and Meaning Your Goal this Holiday Season

Zoe Weil wrote this post for Psychology Today, which we’re sharing with you today. We hope that you are safe and healthy and wish you happy holidays. Many years ago, my family had the flu on Christmas. We all had high fevers, and our holiday celebrations were summarily cancelled. The best we could do was…

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Bringing Humane Education to Classrooms: An interview with Meena Alagappan, Esq.

Meena Alagappan is the Executive Director of Humane Education Advocates Reaching Teachers (HEART), a nonprofit public charity that is a full-service humane education provider in the NYC, Chicago, and Indianapolis areas. In addition to HEART’s work in these cities, HEART’s free humane education resources are downloaded by thousands of teachers across the U.S. and beyond….

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How and Why to Give Thanks Even When You’re Not Feeling Thankful

Zoe Weil wrote this Thanksgiving post for Psychology Today, which we’re sharing with you today. We hope that you are safe and healthy and wish you a very happy Thanksgiving. 2020 has been a beast, and instead of being celebratory, Thanksgiving 2020 may feel heavy with loneliness, worry, and loss. COVID-19 has touched all of us. If we haven’t…

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If We Truly Teach Civics and Let 16 Year Olds Vote, We Can Save Democracy

Zoe Weil is a blogger for Psychology Today, and we share her blog posts here. Enjoy!  Approximately 65 percent of eligible Americans voted this month in what many considered the most consequential presidential election of our lifetime. This was the largest percentage in more than a century. Although an improvement, this falls far short of…

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Bringing Humane Education to Elementary School Children and Graduate Students: An Interview with Dr. Kristine Tucker

Kris Tucker, Ed.D. serves as adjunct faculty in our graduate programs with Antioch University, teaching both elective and required courses, including our course, Building a Solutionary Practice, that prepares our graduate students to be solutionaries and to educate others to be solutionaries. She is also a teacher at Ridge and Valley Charter School in NJ,…

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