Why We Teach Humane Education

To prepare our youth for the future and to create a kinder and more compassionate society, our schools must teach children how to think critically about world issues and to respect and care for all life on earth. In short, our children need humane education.

By teaching today’s youth about human rights, animal protection and environmental ethics, and how they can take action to make the world a better place, students become empowered.

There is a growing movement among educators and administrators to include character and humane education in their school curricula as a way to teach students respect, responsibility, and empathy, and to help them develop critical thinking and decision-making skills based on compassion, tolerance and integrity.

HEART believes that a student’s educational experience should not be limited to traditional teachings, but must also include enrichment instruction to motivate active learning and critical thinking. Children deserve to be provided with comprehensive instruction that will make them not only better students, but also better members of society. Character and humane education programs can contribute to improving student attitudes, behavior, attendance and academic achievement.

“Children trained to extend justice, kindness, and mercy to animals become more just, kind and considerate in their relations to one another. Character training along these lines in youths will result in men and women of broader sympathies; more humane, more law-abiding in every respect more valuable citizens.”

– US National Parent-Teacher Association Congress

“The summer camp program seems to have helped these girls deepen their understanding of the issues facing animals, children, and the environment in several ways. The appreciation of their role in helping these vulnerable groups that they brought to the program was guided in ways that helped them understand effective strategies to address root causes of important problems.”

– William Ellery Samuels, Ph.D.

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