Did you say Mow Wow? Yes!
Mow Wow is a New Animal in Humane Education.
The Mow Wow Animals online teaching program recognizes the natural affinity that children have for animals. It is designed to activate students’ imagination as they learn about animals and the world around them and to encourage values of respect and compassion. The bilingual K–5, lessons are infused with stories from world cultures, poetry, short videos, and hands-on enrichment activities. Three distinct units for each grade level cover such topics as Animals in the Natural World, Who Lives in the Backyard?, Pets and Working Animals, and The Importance of Wild Places.
Why Mow Wow?
- Provides our youth with an ethical framework to create a more caring society
- Aligns with K–5 content standards in language arts, science, and social studies
- Supports the California Code of Education’s Character Education requirement
- Encourages hands-on learning in digital research, peer learning, and community interaction
- Supplies teachers with an easy-to-use, adaptable humane education curriculum
Many children gain emotional support and develop empathy from a connection with an animal who loves them unconditionally.
I commend and support PAHS’ humane initiatives…they have opened a dialogue and path of action for a kinder society.
Education Code of the
California Department of Education
Americans have long recognized the need for kindness toward animals. In acknowledgment of this need, the California Department of Education has included in its Education Code a requirement that students be taught to view animals with compassion and to grant them the same dignity they would human beings. Section 233.5(a) of the code reads in part:
Each teacher shall endeavor to impress upon the minds of the pupils the principles of morality, truth, justice, patriotism, and a true comprehension of the rights, duties, and dignity of American citizenship, and the meaning of equality and human dignity, including the promotion of harmonious relations, kindness toward domestic pets and the humane treatment of living creatures.
This farsighted code regards the humane treatment of animals as one aspect of the broader ethic of good citizenship—the responsibility of each of us toward others who live in our society, including the animals with whom we share our environment. The code also understands that when we fail to treat animals kindly and responsibly, we undermine not only their rights as living creatures but our own dignity as human beings.