ThinkKind is a free, multi-award winning Australian website where teachers and parents can find quality humane education resources.
ThinkKind is a volunteer run not-for-profit that focuses on issues of animal ethics and conservation. Our aim is to build a compassionate and sustainable world by empowering the next generation of Australian leaders and change-makers.
ThinkKind Inc. is registered under the Associations Incorporation Act 2009 as an incorporated association in NSW and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.
We rely solely on our donors and volunteers. You can make a gift here to support our work.
ThinkKind resources are:
✓ 100% free to use and download
✓ Linked to the Australian National Curriculum
✓ Developed by experienced Australian educators
✓ Reviewed for accuracy, balance and quality
✓ Designed to be fun and highly engaging.
What is humane education?
Humane education is defined as the teaching of compassion and respect related to animal welfare, environmental and social justice issues. It teaches relevant knowledge, skills and commitment to live ethically, sustainably and peaceably.
Humane education includes the following four elements:
- Providing accurate information from different viewpoints
- Fostering the 3C’s: curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking
- Instilling the 3R’s: reverence, respect, and responsibility
- Offering positive choices and tools for problem solving.
Weil, Z. (2004). The Power and the Promise of Humane Education. New Society Publishers.
Selby, D. (1995). Earthkind: A teacher’s handbook on humane education. London, England: Trentham Books Ltd.
The purpose of our work is to instill in young Australians:
- Social responsibility: to understand the impact of our actions and choices in our communities and in the world
- Inquisitiveness: to pursue accurate information and retain our natural curiousity about the world and its occupants
- Critical thinking: to evaluate different types of information and ideas in order to form our own judgments and stay informed
- Empowerment: to exercise our right to political engagement in a democratic system by learning various means of activism
- Hope: to remain optimistic and hopeful about finding practical solutions to solve problems now and in the future.
IMAGINE the future we can build by preparing our next leaders with the knowledge, skills and motivation they need to make a positive impact in the world. If you’re an activist, an educator, or simply a person who is passionate about making a profound difference, join us in our mission today.
✐ ThinkKind and the National Curriculum’s General Capabilities
All ThinkKind resources are developed and reviewed by experienced Australian educators, and are mapped to the Australian National Curriculum. ThinkKind resources are designed to cover the following General Capabilities of the Australian Curriculum:
Developing ethical understanding by identifying and investigating the nature of ethical concepts, values and character traits, and understanding how reasoning can assist ethical judgement. Read more
Critical and creative thinking
Developing capability in critical and creative thinking by generating and evaluating knowledge, clarifying concepts and ideas, seeking possibilities, considering alternatives and solving problems. Read more
Personal and social capability
Developing personal and social capability by learning to understand ourselves and others. This involves recognising and regulating emotions, developing empathy for others, making responsible decisions and handling challenging situations. Read more
Addressing the ongoing capacity of Earth to maintain all life. Education for sustainability is future-oriented, focusing on creating a more ecologically and socially just world through informed action. (Cross-curriculum priority) Read more