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WHAT WORKS IN EDUCATION The George Lucas Educational Foundation

Is there a place for humane education in schools?

Is there a place for humane education in schools?

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I'm part of a national coalition trying to support schools and teachers interested in integrating humane education into classrooms. We are first trying to gather data on what schools and teachers currently think of humane education. I know everyone is very busy, but if you yourself could take this survey and pass it on to other teachers, this would mean a lot to a dozen nonprofit organizations looking to support schools. Here is the language we've been using to communicate about the survey and the link to the survey. Thank you for your time. -Nicole Enter a free drawing for gift cards to popular book stores and more by taking a brief survey about humane education. Click the link below to take the survey. http://surveys.humaneresearch.org/index.php?sid=32286&newtest=Y Once you've taken this survey, I'd love to hear your thoughts on this survey and whether humane education has any place in schools on its own or tied to character education or social emotional learning.

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Deb Armenti's picture
Deb Armenti
I am very interested in implementing Humane Education into ALL schools.

Although I am currently not working in the Education field, it is still my passion and to me, Humane Education encompasses all of the areas that serve to nurture a well-rounded, kind, responsible person. In a world gone crazy with wars, hatred, crime and depression, how can we NOT think that our kids (and adults) need opportunities to be involved in learning about the balance of LIFE and how to GIVE BACK and not just TAKE while living on this planet.

leandre shannehaye's picture

Having taught in vegetarian radical school in UK and more recently in a Vegan run language school in Czech republic, I take my skills with me around Europe, teaching EFL.I'll be working in the Balkans in the Autumn , and am currently putting together resources for lesson plans.There is there a legacy of underprivileged communist social awareness, cynicism and low civic engagement, compounded by urgency to succeed in ruthless competitive new economy.Environmental relevance is akin to watching Bambi for most students, with lack of scope and vision.NEW EDUCATION NEW INTELLIGENCE HAPPIER COMMUNITIES. The legacy of Humanism is necessary in the face of dislocations and pressures.
Leandre, Switzerland.

leandre shannehaye's picture

Having taught in vegetarian radical school in UK and more recently in a Vegan run language school in Czech republic, I take my skills with me around Europe, teaching EFL.I'll be working in the Balkans in the Autumn , and am currently putting together resources for lesson plans.There is there a legacy of underprivileged communist social awareness, cynicism and low civic engagement, compounded by urgency to succeed in ruthless competitive new economy.Environmental relevance is akin to watching Bambi for most students, with lack of scope and vision.NEW EDUCATION NEW INTELLIGENCE HAPPIER COMMUNITIES. The legacy of Humanism is necessary in the face of dislocations and pressures.
Leandre, Switzerland.

Mary-Helen Rossi's picture
Mary-Helen Rossi
Business Director at Merge Education

Deb - I am enjoying your post, hoping for a growing number of us who will continue to speak out and (perhaps) offer an alternative way of approaching life. Reading Leandre's message about post-communist cynicism, hostility, and aggression makes me realize that we in the US are in a unique position - that we have the possibility of turning things around here because many of our communities still have the resilience and hope needed to change.

It strikes me that our communities (kids and adults) need to see modeling as well as opportunities - that it starts with each of us modeling what is now a considered to be a strange/unique way of being (having a generosity of spirit) we are able to also mentor others to do the same. Thanks so much for opening this up for conversation!

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