Title of Presentation: Humanism Begins at Home: Educational Initiatives for Children (moderator)
Date & Time: Saturday, June 1 10:30 am
Location: Mission Bay E
Topic Summary: This past year the Kochhar Humanist Education Center developed “Humanism Begins at Home” — learning activities and lesson plans that children can access via the computer at home and work on independently or with the entire family. The panel will focus on what we can do to make certain that humanism begins at home. We will explore what the AHA can do to inspire families and humanist communities to provide education that fosters scientific literacy and humanist values and, more importantly, how we can provide easy access to the materials they need to get started. The panelists bring a diverse set of experiences to this discussion. They are parents, teachers, and humanist chapter leaders, all of whom are concerned with advancing humanist principles. We will ask the audience to reflect on their own experiences, dilemmas, and solutions for addressing the educational needs of children and families in their humanist communities. Best of all, you will receive an assortment of lesson plans to take home!
Biography: Bob Bhaerman is the education director for the Kochhar Humanist Education Center. He is a former elementary school teacher, college instructor in the areas of curriculum development and the social foundations of education, research and development specialist, and associate dean of research. From 1998 to 2004, he served as coordinator of school-based service-learning in Learn and Serve America at the Corporation for National and Community Service. He has served as the director of the KHEC since 2008. He received his Ed.D. in teacher education from Rutgers University in 1965.