Vegan education

I agree with the “abolitionist” sentiment that veganism is about education, so of course it is a part of our home education/alt ed curriculum. With a good deal of the literature, film, and online resources we use, there are opportunities to discuss instances of speciesism, animal use and abuse that is described, just as there are opportunities to discuss the kyriarchy/patriarchy and feminism, racism, ableism, and other discriminatory language and activity.

In the biological sciences, there are opportunities to read about and discuss the ethical problems with animal testing as well as the inefficacy of their results. In human anatomy and nutrition, we can look at how a plant-based diet prevents and reverses disease, and I can use the information from my course in Plant-Based Nutrition certificate from Cornell/The T Colin Campbell Foundation (Continuing Medical Education credits). In nature and environmental studies, we look at how animal farming contributes more to pollution than all other industries combined, and the psychological impact and other problems with domesticating “wild” animals and keeping them in small zoos/cages/pools.

A few resources

Ruby Roth’s beautiful books (also a good art resource!):
V is for Vegan: The ABCs of Being Kind
That’s Why We Don’t Eat Animals: A Book about Vegans, Vegetarians, and All Living Things
Vegan Is Love: Having Heart and Taking Action Physician and New York Times bestselling author Dr Michael Greger scours the world’s nutrition research to create free daily videos and articles.

Peta Kids: I’m not a fan of PETA but this particular website is a decent intro to many vegan concepts for kids.

Vegan Homeschooling Community on Facebook.

My kids are young so haven’t watched any of the “vegan documentaries” as yet. Even the “health vegan” docos contain a couple of operating room scenes I don’t think they’d cope with too well.

Documentary films
Most of these can be found on Netflix or YouTube
Earthlings: challenging doco narrated by Joaquin Phoenix
Vegucated: socio-comical doco
Cowspiracy: The Sustainability Secret: environmental impact of non-vegan consumption habits, Leo diCaprio
Forks Over Knives: health-focused

Homeschool: what we do & don’t do
Resources we use
Our schedule
Home ed registration in Australia