Why being vegan is logical

Why Being Vegan is Logical, Humane, and Easier Than Ever

Zoe is a blogger for Psychology Today (PT), and twice a month we share her blog posts here. Enjoy! Thirty years ago I became vegan. I’d long since stopped eating meat, which was challenging enough as a lover of steak, chicken, bacon, and lamb chops, but what would I put in my tea if not…

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Blog: Maddie Krasno

Humane Educator for Farm Sanctuary: An Interview with Maddie Krasno, Graduate Student in IHE’s M.A. Program

Maddie Krasno is the San Francisco Bay Area Humane Educator for Farm Sanctuary and a graduate student in IHE’s M.A. program. We spoke with her about her work at Farm Sanctuary and the free environmental education curriculum she helped develop for classroom teachers. IHE: You’ve produced an environmental education curriculum for teachers. Can you tell…

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Empathy + Thinking = Wise Action

Most people consider empathy—the ability to share and understand the feelings of others —a good thing. Teachers often reach out to us at the Institute for Humane Education for help educating their students to be more empathetic. They recognize that academic education isn’t enough to produce healthy classrooms, let alone to prepare youth to be motivated and engaged citizens who…

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becoming a solutionary

How Evolution Can Help Us Solve Problems: A Conversation with Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison

For my post today, I interviewed Michael Charles Tobias and Jane Gray Morrison about their book, The Hypothetical Species, and their vision of a path toward a restorative future. Michael and Jane run the Dancing Star Foundation, an ecological non-profit devoted to animal protection, biodiversity conservation, and environmental education. For over thirty years they have researched and analyzed…

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A classroom of students and their teacher

Defining Your Purpose as a Teacher

by Zoe Weil At the beginning of the teachers’ workshops I lead, I often facilitate an activity that invites participants to reflect upon their true mission as educators. Their personal missions always differ from the US Department of Education’s, which is “to promote student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and…

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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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Ending the Violence With Meaningful Solutions

I am a humane educator, a person dedicated to creating a more just, peaceful, and sustainable world through education. This past week’s killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and five Dallas police officers underscore the necessity of educating a generation of solutionaries who have the capacity and the will to prevent such violence from continuing…

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Widening Our Circle of Compassion: An Interview With Animal Rights Photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur

Jo-Anne McArthur’s love of animals began when she was a child. She says, “The neighbour had a backyard dog who didn’t live a very exciting life so I would take him for walks, despite his enormous size and my small stature.” In her 20’s, Jo-Anne realized that she could combine her empathy with her photography…

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What Solutionary Learning Can Look Like: 4 Stories

Transforming our educational system won’t be easy, but I believe that it is the most important and strategic path toward creating more just, peaceful, and sustainable societies populated by healthy, happy, successful people. Because the world inevitably becomes what we teach, it’s up to each of us – whether we are teachers, school administrators, parents,…

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We Must Develop Truly Solutionary Solutions

If you conduct a web search for “kid heroes” you’ll discover wonderful children doing great things. It is inspiring to read their stories, learn about their generosity, and know that kindness and compassion flourish. Yet you’ll likely discover that many of these children are involved in efforts that do not seek to change the systems…

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