What is Humane Education?
IMAGINE. . .
…a generation with the passion and skills to solve the most pressing challenges of our time, successfully and joyfully.
… if each of us were prepared for our unique role in creating a better world from the time we were born.
…if making humane choices were part of every aspect of our lives.
IMAGINE the world we would create.
Humane education is the key to creating such a world.
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 about the issues of our time so that people have the information they need to understand the consequences of their decisions as citizens.
- Fostering curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking, so that people can evaluate information and solve problems.
- Instilling reverence, respect, and responsibility, so that people have the motivation to face challenges and to act with integrity.
- Offering positive choices that benefit oneself, other people, the animals, and the Earth, and tools for problem solving so that people are empowered to create a more humane world.
Humane education may well be the most revolutionary and effectiveeffort that we as a society can undertake to create a peaceful and just world.
It’s time to make living ethically, sustainably, and peaceably on this planet the very purpose of education.
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