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…
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…
8 Inspiring Posts for Developing Meaningful Habits (and a Bonus)
by Marsha Rakestraw I keep a journal. (Not very consistently.) It’s mainly to help me remember major life events. When…
How Well Are You Spending the Jellybeans of Your Life?
by Marsha Rakestraw One of the humane education activities we use to help students and solutionaries think more deeply about…
Helping Students Make Beautiful Music With Their Lives
by Mary Pat Champeau “Children learn to smile from their parents.” ~ Shinichi Suzuki I learned so much about parenting…
What a Humane World Looks Like: Not “Staying Busy”
by Marsha Rakestraw Several years ago I saw a commercial, the gist of which was that if we don’t add…
In Trying to Do Good, Have You Lost Sight of the Bigger Picture?
by Marsha Rakestraw Browse bookshelves and blogs, and you’ll find stories of people striving toward extraordinary goals: zero waste, plastic-free,…
The Power of Positive Peer Pressure
by Marsha Rakestraw A 2012 survey of teen volunteers revealed that the main reason teens volunteer is because their friends…
5 Assumptions We Should Try to Make About Everyone
by Marsha Rakestraw The recent US election has highlighted a significant divisiveness. And the media and social media have been…
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: Break the Habit of Mindless Habituation
by Marsha Rakestraw You know how you’re lying in bed listening to the urban surf outside, and pretty soon you…
What Messages Are We Modeling?
by Marsha Rakestraw A 2015 Gallup poll shows that a third of Americans “want animals to have the same rights…