Hawaiʻi’s public education must include honest lessons of racism and oppression, past and present

Manufactured attacks on critical race theory aim to dismantle ongoing efforts to provide an equitable education for all keiki

Posted: October 8, 2021

As we approach Indigenous Peoples’ Day and Discoverers’ Day in Hawaiʻi, which are annually observed on the second Monday of October, the Hawaiʻi State Teachers Association reasserts that every child deserves a full and honest education, no matter our color, background, or where we live. As educators, we provide our students with the tools, information, and support they need to become strong, independent thinkers who are able to critically examine the world they live in, and understand past and present so they can build a better future.

Unfortunately, opponents across the country are weaponizing misconceptions of race and taking aim at public education to incite fear and fortify the long-standing barriers we are working to dismantle. We must seize the moral high ground and focus on the true issue at hand: the need for a quality education that helps our keiki (children) understand who they are and what they are all capable of.

Hawaiʻi’s public education must include honest lessons of racism and oppression, past and present

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