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 –…
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…
3 Tips for Teaching About “Controversial” Issues
by Marsha Rakestraw “I could never teach about animal protection issues.” “Parents would freak out if my students explored human…
Humane Educator’s Toolbox: ProCon.org Helps Critical Thinking About Global Ethical Issues
Recently the California State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Torlakson, endorsed the website ProCon.org “for its use in critical thinking…
No Controversy Allowed! On Getting Kicked Out of a Middle School
For my blog post today, I’m sharing a recent post I wrote for Common Dreams, a progressive news site. Here…
Enhance Your Students’ Critical Thinking (& Your Own) With ProCon.org
Many educators are seeking strategies for helping their students think more deeply, critically and broadly about the challenging issues of…
Why Do We Shy Away From Issues That May Be Most Important to Our Children’s Future?
A few weeks ago I had a busy day doing MOGO (most good) talks out of state. I was scheduled…
Humane Education Isn’t Controversial, It’s Patriotic
The title of a recent online article in Education Week (free registration required) gave me pause: “Election renews controversy over…