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Why being vegan is logical

Why Being Vegan is Logical, Humane, and Easier Than Ever

Zoe is a blogger for Psychology Today (PT), and twice a month we share her blog posts here. Enjoy! Thirty years ago I became vegan. I’d long since stopped eating meat, which was challenging enough as a lover of steak, chicken, bacon, and lamb chops, but what would I put in my tea if not…

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Empathy + Thinking = Wise Action

Most people consider empathy—the ability to share and understand the feelings of others —a good thing. Teachers often reach out to us at the Institute for Humane Education for help educating their students to be more empathetic. They recognize that academic education isn’t enough to produce healthy classrooms, let alone to prepare youth to be motivated and engaged citizens who…

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solutionary

The Solutionary Students of Oceanside: An Interview with Mitch Bickman and Laura Trongard

Mitch Bickman is the Director of Social Studies in the Oceanside School District and is the recipient of the 2016 New York State Social Studies Supervisory Association’s Supervisor of the Year Award. This award is given to professionals who have demonstrated the highest commitment to social studies education in New York State and have established…

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Blog: Back to School

Taking Humane Education Back to School

Joanna Doerfer is a certified elementary special education teacher who has worked in the New York State public school system since 2007. She graduated magma cum laude from The State University of New York at New Paltz and received dual Master’s degrees in Childhood Education and Special Education from The College of New Rochelle. She…

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humane education interview series

Exploring the Future of Humane Education

In addition to being the founder of the Humane Education Committee and a leader in the comprehensive humane education movement, Megan is a colleague, friend, former IHE staff member, and student in our M.Ed. program. We are excited to feature this interview with her for our blog. IHE: You created the Humane Education Coalition (HEC)….

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Teaching the Language of Humane Education

An Interview with Stacy Hoult-Saros, Spanish Professor and Chair of IHE’s Board of Directors. Stacy Hoult-Saros, Ph.D., is a Professor of World Languages and Cultures at Valparaiso University in Indiana. She graduated from IHE’s Graduate Certificate Program in 2015, joined IHE’s board of directors in 2016, and became IHE’s board chair in 2017. As a…

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becoming a solutionary

How Evolution Can Help Us Solve Problems: A Conversation with Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison

For my post today, I interviewed Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison about their book, The Hypothetical Species, and their vision of a path toward a restorative future. Michael and Jane run the Dancing Star Foundation, an ecological non-profit devoted to animal protection, biodiversity conservation, and environmental education. For over thirty years they have researched and analyzed…

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Blog: Kathleen Tate

I Am a Humane Educator: Kathleen Tate, Training the Next Generation of Educators

by Institute for Humane Education Kathleen J. Tate, Ph.D., is a professor and program director of teaching programs at American Public University System (APUS). She is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Online Learning Research and Practice, formerly known as the Internet Learning journal, published by Policy Studies Organization and the American Public University System. Kathleen…

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Blog: Creating the Space for Conversations

Creating the Space for Conversations With Young People About Compassion for Others

by Abby Power Can we have an open dialogue with our children and students about what is happening in the world today? I say yes! Children have an extraordinary capacity for critical thinking when given the opportunity to practice it. I have found that there are three main areas that help in creating a space…

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