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False Dichotomies

Why False Dichotomies Impede Solutionary Thinking

Zoe is a blogger for Psychology Today (PT), and twice a month we share her blog posts here. Enjoy! The economic localization movement is growing, with adherents advocating “buy local” as the answer to our myriad problems. Author Helena Norberg-Hodge begins her TEDx talk, The Economics of Happiness, with this impassioned plea: “For all of us…

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Humane Education in Guatemala: IHE’s interview with Lidia Oxi, Vilma Saloj, and Hyungjoon Jin, IHE Graduate Student

Vilma Saloj, Hyungjoon Jin, Lidia Oxi at IHE’s shore Lidia Oxi is a Mayan-Kaqchikel woman from Guatemala and is the first person in her family to earn a bachelor’s degree. She is the High School Director of Colegio Impacto of the MAIA Organization (and serves on the MAIA leadership team); speaks Kaqchikel along with English,…

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If You Want to Create Change, Focus on Systems

Zoe is a blogger for Psychology Today (PT), and each week we’ll be sharing her PT blog posts here. Enjoy! I became a humane educator more than 30 years ago, teaching about interconnected environmental, human rights, and animal protection issues in order to inspire deeper empathy, better critical thinking, and more ethical behavior among my students….

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Blog: Kim Korona

Humane Education in Action: A Conversation with Solutionary and IHE Alumna – Kim Korona

Kim Korona is a graduate of IHE’s M.Ed. program and serves as the Senior Program Director at HEART, a non-profit education organization. In addition to being an extraordinary humane educator in the classroom, Kim develops curricula and educational resources that promote compassion, critical thinking, and empowerment through topics related to animal protection, environmental ethics, and…

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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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Blog: Maddie Krasno

Humane Educator for Farm Sanctuary: An Interview with Maddie Krasno, Graduate Student in IHE’s M.A. Program

Maddie Krasno is the San Francisco Bay Area Humane Educator for Farm Sanctuary and a graduate student in IHE’s M.A. program. We spoke with her about her work at Farm Sanctuary and the free environmental education curriculum she helped develop for classroom teachers. IHE: You’ve produced an environmental education curriculum for teachers. Can you tell…

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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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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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