Addressing the Standards in Illinois
To assist with incorporating humane education in schools, lessons
and activities can be found to correspond with multiple Illinois
Learning Standards. Student learning and activity goals
match directly with many performance indicators within the following
goals. Humane Education Programs assists teachers in determining
which performance indicators will be met during lessons for each
4 Listening and Speaking
A. Listen effectively in formal
and informal situations.
B. Speak effectively using language
appropriate to the situation and audience.
Goal 11 Inquiry and Design
A. Know and apply the concepts,
principles and processes of scientific inquiry.
Goal 12 Concepts and Principles
A. Know and apply concepts that
explain how living things function, adapt and change.
B. Know and apply concepts that
describe how living things interact with each other and
with their environment.
E. Know and apply concepts that
describe the features and processes of the earth and its
Goal 15 Economics
A. Understand how different economic
systems operate in the exchange, production,
distribution and consumption of goods and services.
B. Understand that scarcity necessitates
choices by consumers.
C. Understand that scarcity necessitates
choices by producers.
E. Understand the impact of government
policies and decisions on production and
consumption in the economy.
Goal 16 History
A. Apply the skills of historical
analysis and interpretation
D. Understand Illinois, United States
and world social history.
E. Understand Illinois, United States
and world environmental history.
Goal 17 Geography
B. Analyze and explain characteristics
and interactions of the Earths physical systems.
C. Understand relationships between
geographic factors and society.
18 Social Systems
A. Compare characteristics of culture
as reflected in language, literature, the arts,
traditions and institutions.
B. Understand the roles and interactions
of individuals and groups in society.
C. Understand how social systems
form and develop over time.
A. Demonstrate individual responsibility
during group physical activities.
B. Demonstrate cooperative skills
during structured group physical activity.
Goal 24 Communication and
A. Demonstrate procedures for communicating
in positive ways, resolving differences
and preventing conflict.
B. Apply decision making skills
related to the protection and promotion of individual
The above goals and standards are
taken as excerpts from the Illinois
State Board of Education, Goals and Standards.
state of Illinois has
recognized the importance of humane education by putting forth
the following laws. It
is within the mission of Humane Education Programs to assist with
the compliance of these laws.
(105 ILCS 5/27-13.1)
Sec. 27-13.1. In every public school there shall be instruction,
study and discussion of current problems and needs in the conservation
of natural resources, including but not limited to air pollution,
water pollution, waste reduction and recycling, the effects of
excessive use of pesticides, preservation of wilderness areas,
forest management, protection of wildlife and humane care of domestic
(Source: P.A. 86-229.)
(105 ILCS 5/27-14)
Sec. 27-14. Experiments
No experiment upon any living animal for the purpose of demonstration
in any study shall be made in any public school. No animal provided
by, or killed in the presence of any pupil of a public school
shall be used for dissection in such school, and in no case shall
dogs or cats be killed for such purposes. Dissection of dead animals,
or parts thereof, shall be confined to the classroom and shall
not be practiced in the presence of any pupil not engaged
in the study to be illustrated thereby.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)
(105 ILCS 5/27-15)
Sec. 27-15. Moral
and humane education - In institute
programs. The superintendent of each region
and city shall include once each year moral and humane education
in the program of the teachers' institute which is held under
(Source: P.A. 79-597.)
(105 ILCS 5/27-18)
Sec. 27-18. Arbor
and bird day.
The Governor shall annually designate by official proclamation
a day in the spring to be known as "Arbor and Bird Day,"
to be observed throughout the State as a day for planting trees,
shrubs and vines about public grounds, and as a day on which to
hold appropriate exercises in the public schools and elsewhere
tending to show the value of trees and birds and the necessity
for their protection.
(Source: Laws 1961, p. 31.)