In addition to continuing to doing volunteer work at the Paley Center for Media and helping a couple of local animal rescue groups, I have been busy taking several technology workshops and I just finished a fabulous online humane education course entitled, "Teaching for a Positive Future." This year, it will be very exciting to work together on integrating the four major elements of humane education. Humane education not only instills the desire and capacity to live with compassion, integrity, and wisdom, but also provides the knowledge and tools to put our values into action in meaningful, far-reaching ways.
Humane education enables us to find solutions that work for all by approaching human rights, environmental preservation, and animal protection as interconnected and integral dimensions of a healthy, just society.
Humane education includes 4 elements:
- Providing accurate information (so we have the knowledge to face challenges);
- Fostering the 3C's: curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking (so we have the tools to meet challenges);
- Instilling the 3R's: reverence, respect, and responsibility (so we have the motivation to confront challenges);
- Offering positive choices and tools for problem solving (so we will be able to solve challenges). In other words, we will work on becoming "solutionaries" and critical problem solvers.