We must educate a generation of solutionaries who collaborate, communicate, and think critically and creatively to solve the grave challenges of our world in a way that benefits all people, animals and the earth. As one young 12th grader said when she learned about humane education, "We should have been learning this since kindergarten!"
Our popular month-long online course, Teaching for a Positive Future (February 7-March 4), offer teachers and community educators a chance to help prepare students for their futures by giving educators the skills and strategies to inspire students to become leaders and changemakers for a healthy, humane, and sustainable world.
As high school teacher and IHE M.Ed. graduate, Christopher Greenslate, said:
"All lesson plans can be modified to incorporate humane education. This is because at its core, humane education uses the world as the classroom. This is why I am a humane educator. I see the study of the world and the challenges we face as the most important educational journey we can undertake. If we don’t modify our lessons, our teaching, and ultimately our schools to this end we will not be successful in making the world a more compassionate place. But we must start somewhere, and the only place to start (that I know of) is right where we're at, with what we have."Through our students, we have seen humane education incorporated into math, social studies, history, art, biology, physics, language arts and literacy, foreign language, drama, architecture, veterinary medicine, law, civics and environmental science classes and more. There is a way in which using the world as the classroom, and the four elements of humane education as a framework, calls forth the leader within us. Many of us have already stepped fully into our leadership roles as educators, others perhaps not yet. If we believe in the power of education to create a just, equitable and sustainable world for people, all species and the environment, then we must assume the mantle of leadership. Every one of us can be a transformational leader. Without exception. And Teaching for a Positive Future can help you tap into the power of education and the empowerment of yourself and your students.
Know someone who would benefit from Teaching for a Positive Future (a colleague, your child’s teacher, etc.)? Please let them know about the course. Point them here: http://humaneeducation.org/sections/view/teaching_for_a_positive_future
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