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Can You Spot the Biases in Your Classroom?

by IHE Peruse a piece of information, and it may seem objective. Look again with a more critical eye, and you can begin to see the hidden messages, the framing, and the context (or lack thereof) attached to that piece of information. Much of the information we impart to our students, whether through textbooks or…

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6 Videos for Teaching Students About Tech Bias and Influence

by Marsha Rakestraw Technology is not neutral. And while we’re increasingly learning about the pervasive influence of fake news and misinformation, we rarely consider that the algorithms and filters our tech uses contain bias. Those algorithms limit and shape what we see, how we spend our time, and what we think about. Those algorithms can…

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Teach About Fake News

Teaching About Fake News

Resources (lesson plans, websites, films, articles, etc.) and tips for helping teach about fake news, news literacy, and critical thinking. Curated by the Institute for Humane Education.

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Dr. Daniel J. Levitin

Thinking Critically in the Post-Truth Era: An Interview With Daniel J. Levitin

by Zoe Weil Daniel J. Levitin is Founding Dean of Arts & Humanities at the Minerva Schools at Keck Graduate Institute, and a Distinguished Faculty Fellow at the Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley. He is an award-winning neuroscientist and educator, and his latest book is Weaponized Lies: How to Think Critically in the Post…

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Critical Thinking

Critical Thinking

Critical thinking is one of the key elements of humane education. Find articles, lesson plans, and other resources to help students and others bring critical thinking to their lives, schooling, and work. Save Save

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Empower Don’t Paralyze: 6 Tips for Sharing About Global Ethical Issues

by Marsha Rakestraw As I scroll down my Facebook wall, I skim across a horrific image of cruelty that someone has posted, with a caption that merely says “This has to stop!” and no other information. The image is so traumatizing that I quickly skip by it, and even consider hiding that person’s posts from…

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Resources: Be a C.R.I.T.I.C.

Be a C.R.I.T.I.C.

Participants learn and use the C.R.I.T.I.C. technique to enable them to bring critical thinking skills to any information they receive, whether from industry, non-profits, government or media. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 30-45 minutes   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core for grades 6-8. Download Common Core for grades…

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Resources: Be a C.R.I.T.I.C.

Sea Crítico

Estudiantes aprenden como usar el sistema C.R.I.T.I.C. para ayudarlos usar habilidades de pensar crítico a información que reciben de organizaciones, el gobierno o el media. Recomendado para grados 6 en adelante Duración: 30-45 minutos

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