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Changing the “Single Story” About Africa(ns) … and Others

by Marsha Rakestraw Recently I read two books, each featuring a female protagonist. One was by a black woman from Barbados, the book filled with characters of color living “normal” lives. The other by a white man who wrote about the tragic (and eventually redeemed) life of a young impoverished girl in Mozambique. Two different…

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Resources: Pillars of Humane Education

Pillars of Humane Education

This brief activity is a great icebreaker for groups of humane educators or student (or adult) solutionaries to help them define their visions.

Recommended: grades 8 and upTime: 30-45 minutes

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Great Peacemakers: True Stories From Around the World

“The way we see the world shapes the way we treat it.” ~ David Suzuki “When you have a vision, when you know that what you are doing is good for the people, then you cannot be stopped.” ~ Wangari Maathai “To stop any suffering, no matter how small, is a great action of peace.”…

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Most Good, Least Harm

Learn direct ways to become involved with the community, make better choices as consumers, and develop positive messages to live by, and discover that our simple decisions really can change the world.

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Leave Only Footprints

Everyone has an ecological footprint. Participants use paper footprints to simulate the impact of their choices on the earth. Extension activities allow students to explore their ecological footprints and what choices can be made to reduce them.

Recommended: grades 6 and up
Time: 45 minutes

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Resources: Behind the Scenes

Behind the Scenes

Participants explore the hidden lives of their everyday stuff by investigating how ordinary products come into existence & who/what has been helped or harmed in the creation & distribution of that product. Recommended for grades 6 and up. Time: 45 minutes to several weeks   Common Core Standards for this activity (pdf): Download Common Core…

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Heroes & Enemigos

Heroes & Enemigos

A menudo se nos dice que debemos buscar heroes, que podemos acudir a ellos en busca de inspiración. ¿Que tan a menudo buscamos aprender de la gente con la que estamos en desacuerdo, nos disgusta o aquellas que han hecho algún mal? Esta actividad explora que es lo que podemos aprender de ambos, nuestros heroes…

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Haciendo Conexiones, Creando Soluciones

Haciendo Conexiones, Creando Soluciones

Esta actividad ayuda a los estudiantes a pensar en cómo estamos todos conectados y de que manera nuestras acciones impactan a otros y al medio ambiente, e motiva a los estudiantes a aprender más acerca de los problemas y temas que les interesan y crear soluciones para resolver los cambios locales y globales. Recomendado para…

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