Raising a Humane Child
Hello fellow Green Schools members:
I wanted to let you all know about an upcoming distance-learning course for parents called: Raising a Humane Child conducted by the Institute for Humane Education. It takes place March 1-26, 2010. The course consists of twenty exercises that participants complete on their own; they also have a chance to interact virtually with other parents through discussion boards, receive input from the course advisors and connect with people who are passionate about nurturing compassionate, happier children.
The course is developed for parents with children of any age to help them expand their parenting strategies and help tehm bring humane education concepts and values to their children and manifest your vision for a better world, starting with their family.
Parents will explore new information about animal protection, human rights, and environmental preservation to share with their children.
You also explore important questions like:
~ What values were you taught?
~ What values have you cultivated?
~ What do you model?
~ What previously unexamined values have you absorbed through your culture, community, and media that do not represent the core of who you are?
~ What values do you and don’t you want to pass along to your child?
Learn more and register: http://humaneeducation.org/sections/view/raising_a_humane_child
You can also learn more about humane education by visiting http://humaneeducation.org/ and click BEGIN MOVIE.
Here's a sample Exercise from the course -
Exercise 11: Conduct a home inventory (with your child if possible)
In order to make choices that create a better life and world, we must become adept at bringing deep inquiry to our lives. You may begin by watching the short film The Story of Stuff (http://storyofstuff.org/). Then take a tour of your home and note what you see, from the toys in your child’s room, to the food in the kitchen, to the items in the bathroom, to the clothes in the closet, to the furniture, electronics, knick-knacks, vehicles, and other stuff that you own. Allow your gaze to be soft, open, and non-judgmental at the same time as you bring your attention, awareness, and commitment to the goal of gaining new knowledge. After wandering through your home, choose one item to inquire about deeply. If your child is old enough do this together. Do an Internet search to discover the effects of this item on yourself, other people, animals, and the environment. You will find websites to visit at www.HumaneEducation.org/weblinks and you may also wish to visit www.responsibleshopper.org to learn about corporate assessments to get started. This activity can take a long time to do thoroughly, so choose to spend as much time as you can today knowing that you have the opportunity to bring your inquiry to this and other items in the future. What did you, and your child, if appropriate, learn from this exercise?
The Institute for Humane Education also offers other month-long distance learning programs:
* A Better World, A Meaningful Life
* Teaching for a Positive Future