To start, here’s how two prominent humane educators describe humane education:
“[It] is preventative medicine to a world out of balance. It challenges all the social ills we face, from the exploitation of other species and the planet itself, to poverty and war, to prejudice and greed. The seeds we sow…are the seeds of peace, kindness, sustainability, respect and compassion, and from them a more humane world will spring.”
–Zoe Weil, co-founder & president of the Institute for Humane Education (IHE).
“It teaches relevant knowledge, skills, and commitment to live ethically, sustainably, and peaceably. It does this by infusing the curricula at all levels of education with meaningful information, inspiration, and tools for creating a safe and humane world for all.” –Dr. David Selby, founding director of Sustainability Frontiers.
So, humane education guides us toward a life where kindness and generosity is a natural habit, always respecting and protecting ourselves, other people, all forms of life and the natural world. Sounds nice, huh? That’s the point!
The best part is that humane education is a dual-purpose device. Firstly, it’s used to enlighten and advise. Secondly, it’s used to motivate and inspire. The consequence of humane education is knowledgeable and aware members of society who understand and appreciate their personal responsibilities and are passionate and propelled to affect change.