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State of Humane Education in the U.S. 2018-2019

What is the state of humane education in U.S. k-12 public schools in the 2018-2019 academic year?

The Institute for Human-Animal Connection in collaboration with the Humane Education Coalition is assessing the state of humane education in K-12 schools in the United States. Humane Education is a pedagogy that takes a systems approach to creating a more just, compassionate, and sustainable world for the health and well-being of people, animals, and the natural environment. Currently, 18 states mandate the teaching of humane education in their schools, however, each of these states has different guiding language for what humane education is and how it is taught, and no standardized way to train teachers. In other states, humane education occurs in some schools and in some free-choice learning environments. Through a survey, this project will create a baseline snap-shot of the state of humane education in the 2018-2019 school year to serve as reference in the future about the improved status of the incorporation of humane education in U.S. educational settings.