Title of Presentation: Humanism Begins at Home: Educational Initiatives for Children (panel discussion)
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: Patrice Hong lives in Escondido, California, with her husband, preschool twins, and mother. She is a bilingual teacher who has taught at all levels – from preschool to adult. She currently co-organizes a meetup.com group for Secular Humanist Families in North County San Diego.
Patrice was raised in a nonreligious home, but did not become publicly involved in the Humanist/Atheist movement until well into adulthood. Having children spurred her into action because of a desire to find community for her family.