We lead the effort to promote a creative pedagogy that draws connections to all forms of social justice and global issues in order to increase students' compassion, knowledge, and ability to live a mindful life.
Humaneness 101 is dedicated to fostering a greater sense of empathy and compassion among youth; develop their ability to scrutinize information and think critically; raise their awareness of social issues; use a myriad of tools to make informed decisions; live a more mindful life; and lead positive changes.
WHAT IS HUMANE EDUCATION?
Humane education started in the late 1800s, originally dedicated to promoting the humane treatment of animals. It gradually developed to include more topics like environmental stewardship and human issues. We utilize humane education as a foundation to teach critical thinking, initiative skills, and topics that are unique to different cultures.
Our Educational GOAL AND PRINCIPLE
"Humaneness(人道)" in Chinese means the principle and wisdom for living as a human being. We believe that in order to grow into a human with integrity, students must first and foremost have compassion and respect for both their fellow peers and all living creatures. Then, students must have an understanding of the world they live in, and accurate knowledge of the causes they care about. Lastly, they should be empowered to align their actions with the values they believe in, and to initiate positive change in their communities. The three layers of education are essential to a student's mental development. Youth’s understanding and approach to the outside world are crucial for future social progress. Students have the right and responsibility to know about current issues, to think beyond themselves and to incorporate sound practices to make the world sustainable, safe and kind.
What being humane means is an open-ended question. As humane educators, our job is to expose students to important social issues, use factual evidence and case studies to stimulate students’ thinking, and ask them to consider factors that affect personal judgment. Instead of imposing our personal ideas on the students, we hope to teach them the importance and ways of thinking critically and actively. Fostering their compassion and empathy is more valuable than asking them to agree with us.