Hnn | HNN Articles

Coming to America: The Humanist Teacher Corps

 

By BOB BHAERMAN

For HumanistNetworkNews.org
Sept. 30, 2009

Recently the American Humanist Association (AHA) has supported the use of billboards and bus ads to send the message that one should "Be Good for Goodness Sake."  It is important for us to send this message. But humanism means much more than an advertising slogan; humanism is about moral and ethical values. That is the message the Humanist Teacher Corps intends to convey.

The Humanist Teacher Corps (HTC), which is being launched by AHA, seeks to identify and then mobilize a cadre of AHA members and other supporters of humanism to take action in one or more of the following activities:  

(1)  Developing curriculum resources or course syllabi on humanist principles and values for students of all ages and/or teaching short courses in local chapters and communities.

(2) Presenting lectures at meetings of AHA chapters and affiliates and/or informing the public about humanist principles and values.  

(3) Employing critical thinking skills as central to instruction in all subject areas in public schools.

The HTC can use your assistance in both individual and team activities.

In a recent article, Carol Wintermute, co-dean of the Humanist Institute, identified two directions one can take when considering the term "humanist education". The first is educational programs for children and adults that are guided by a humanist approach and the second is educating humanists for the betterment of the movement. She concluded that it is incumbent on us to be advocates of both. That is precisely the mission of the Humanist Teacher Corps.

Here's what you can do to help: join the Corps and identify others interested in doing so. Help make the Humanist Teacher Corps a central part of our effort to make America -- and the world -- a better place to live, learn and grow. To join the Corps, please check out this link: http://www.americanhumanist.org/KHECTeacherCorps.


(Bob Bhaerman is the education coordinator of the Kochhar Humanist Education Center, a program of the American Humanist Association.)

blog comments powered by Disqus

American Humanist Association

Today is Openly Secular Day! Show others in your community that they know a huma...

2 days ago

American Humanist Association

Victory! A public school in Colorado will no longer be allowed to partner with O...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

How are you celebrating Earth Day? Here is how some of our chapters are celebrat...

3 days ago

American Humanist Association

The latest issue of the Humanist magazine features SMART Recovery USA, a secular...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

“A freshman student was required to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, despite...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

Who was Leo P. Thornton?

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

National Day of Reason is two weeks away! If you think reason, not prayer, shoul...

4 days ago

American Humanist Association

For more information about The Humanist Institute, please visit: http://humanist...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

The AHA is excited to present The Onion with the 2015 Humanist Media Award. This...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Only 5 more days until ReAsonCon 2015. Get your tickets today! Visit the link be...

5 days ago

American Humanist Association

Seculars have been quiet and invisible as a demographic for too long, but Openly...

6 days ago

American Humanist Association

Don't miss the upcoming annual BSIC panel discussion entitled “Imagining the Fut...

7 days ago

American Humanist Association

We’re featuring new comics this week by Polyp Cartoonist! For more great comics...

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

What would Molly Ringwald say about privacy? Should a student attending a privat...

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

Luis Granados explains why Ayaan Hirsi is wrong about Islamic reform in his revi...

8 days ago

American Humanist Association

AHA legal director David Niose, author of Fighting Back the Right: Reclaiming Am...

9 days ago

American Humanist Association

This week, AHA staff member Jessica Xiao interviewed Lynn Rothschild, senior sci...

9 days ago

American Humanist Association

Today is Ask an Atheist Day! Have a question about atheism, humanism, or non-bel...

9 days ago

American Humanist Association

Could we see an open Humanist in Congress in 2016? It seems Maryland Senator Jam...

9 days ago

American Humanist Association

This week on The Humanist Hour #146: A Conversation with Lisa Montoya, Seminary...

10 days ago

American Humanist Association

Mother's Day is right around the corner! If you are shopping for that special la...

10 days ago

American Humanist Association

The world's most and least religious countries.

10 days ago

American Humanist Association

Shortly after we ensure that teachers won't pass out Bibles to their students at...

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

Robert Ray, President of Humanists of North Puget Sound, delivered a humanist in...

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

Don't miss Kelly Carlin, daughter of atheist comedian George Carlin, at AHA's 74...

11 days ago

American Humanist Association

What should the humanist response to terrorism be? Clay Farris Naff has some pro...

11 days ago