Teaching Students What to Say When We Bump Up Against People’s Opposing Views
by Marsha Rakestraw “Even if I find an opinion downright abhorrent, I keep asking more questions to gain better insight…
Sharing Knowledge: An Act of Love
by Lynne Westmoreland As humane educators and solutionaries, sharing our knowledge with other people can sometimes be difficult or awkward.…
8 Tips to Make it Easier to Speak Up
by Marsha Rakestraw The world is hurting. And our human actions – whether intentional choice, uninformed action, or as a…
15 Most Popular Blog Posts From 2017
by Marsha Rakestraw Happy New Year! 2018 promises to be a year full of enormous changes, and even more opportunities…
Resources to Help Teachers Bring “Controversial” Issues to the Classroom
by Marsha Rakestraw Discussing global ethical issues – especially those that are considered “unsettled” or “controversial’ in mainstream society –…
We Need to Speak Up and Say “Enough Hurting”
by Marsha Rakestraw “Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind — even if your voice shakes.” ~…
9 Things to Remember When Having Spontaneous Conversations About Ethical Issues
by Marsha Rakestraw I hate conflict. (Even the potential for conflict.) And I’m shy. And I’m not very good at…
What a Humane World Looks Like: Engaging Others with Compassion and Acceptance
by Cassandra Scheffman Editor’s Note: One of the most challenging aspects of being a humane educator or activist is engaging…
5 Minute Changemaker: Write Right Now for a Better World
by Marsha Rakestraw I have a friend who has written to legislators, corporations, and other leaders and officials since she…
10 Tips for Civil Classroom Discussion
by Marsha Rakestraw A peek at the news, a look at social media posts and comments, or an overheard conversation…
Practices for Cultivating Compassionate Communication Skills
by Marsha Rakestraw Sometimes I have a dream in which I run door-to-door in my neighborhood. I bang on the…
5 Minute Changemaker: Speak the Good in Others
by Marsha Rakestraw My 4th grade teacher, Mrs. Leddy, had us students do something that I have never forgotten. She…