Preserve Our Social Studies Education



                                                 ARTICLES by Aloha POSSE Members

New BOE members need some learning

The state Board of Education failed to make its proposed changes to our high school graduation requirements publicly available in a timely fashion.

    The public did not vote for the members of this board, and could only voice their opinion about the amendments to Policy 4540 via written or oral testimony at board hearings.

    It appears the board never wanted to hear the public's opinion. Only after numerous complaints and the organized efforts of concerned educators, students and parents, did the board agree to retain four social studies credits.

    Gov. Neil Abercrombie appointed a board of people who do not understand Hawaii's educational needs and are not interested in listening to the professionals who do.   

                                                                                                --Sarah Nishioka, Mililani, Honolulu Star Advertiser, Sept. 27, 2011

Amber Strong. “Why We Need to Preserve Social Studies in Hawaii,” Honolulu Civil Beat,

          August 1, 2011.

Amber Strong Makaiau’s August 16 verbatim testimony before the BOE:

                “Policy 4540 marginalizes Hawaii’s Youth,” The Hawaii Independent, August 19, 2011.

Gail A. Tamaribuchi. “Here’s Why Social Studies is Important,” The Hawaii Independent, August

          11, 2011.

Ka`eo Vasconcellos. “Preserve Four Credits of Social Studies,” Honolulu Civil Beat, Aug. 26, 2011

Lyla Berg. “Deconstructing Education in a Time of Global CrisisHonolulu Civil Beat Sept. 15,


Mara Miller. “No real reason to let social studies and civics fall down,” The Hawaii Independent,

          August 19, 2011.

    ---. "Twelve Reasons Hawai`i Should Lead in Social Studies Education,"

            The Hawaii Independent, August 12, 2011.

    ---. “Engaged or Enraged?Honolulu Civil Beat, August 10, 2011.

    ---. “Social Studies Education Is More Important Than Ever,” The Honolulu

            Star Advertiser, August 1, 2011. 

Robert G. Buss (executive director of the Hawaii Council for the Humanities and founding state

          coordinator of Hawaii History Day). “Social Studies Classes Should Be Maintained,The

          Honolulu Star-Advertiser, August 7, 2011.

*Please note that the full article can only be viewed if you are logged in and have an account with the Star Advertiser.

Scott Robertson (Professor of Information and Computer Sciences at the

University of Hawai`i at Manoa). “Hawaii Students Have Trouble Seeing the Big Picture,”

         Honolulu Civil Beat, August 8, 2011.

    ---.“Our Students' Curriculum Matters,” The Hawaii Independent, August 9, 2011.

                                                       LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Patricia Halagao. “Social Studies Should Not Be Cut.” The Honolulu Star Advertiser, Aug. 27, 2011.

            [Note for search purposes: The Star Advertiser misspelled the author’s last name as Halag.]

Scott Robertson. “Improve education in all areas of learning.” The Honolulu Star Advertiser, June

            30, 2011.

                                                    ...and ARTICLES BY OTHERS

Katherine Poythress. “U.S. History, World History Omitted From Proposed Hawaii Grad Requirements,”         

            Honolulu Civil Beat, 9/16/2011

-----.  “Hawaii Ed Department Drops Plan to Cut Social Studies Requirements,” 9/15/2011.

-----.Board Unfazed by Ed Department's Reversal on Grad Requirements,” Honolulu Civil Beat, 9/14/2011

-----. “Vote on New Hawaii Grad Requirements Postponed,” Honolulu Civil Beat, August 16, 2011.

Toni Takeno. “Economics Courses Teach Students Survival Skills for the ‘Real World’,”

        The Honolulu Star Advertiser, August 7, 2011.

**Please note that the full article can only be viewed if you are logged in

and have an account with The Honolulu Star Advertiser.

Aloha POSSE forms to defend Hawaii social studies curriculum (includes position paper)” by Larry

        Geller, Disappeared News: News you may not find in the local media. Learn why it was

        disappeared.    July 31, 2011

Mary Vorsino. “Proposal Cuts High School Social Studies,” The Honolulu Star

Advertiser, July 20, 2011.

Views expressed in the article:

    “Ronn Nozoe, deputy superintendent, said the department is also reaching out to students, teachers and community members.”

    "The more I think about this, the more I think we need to think about this," said BOE member Brian DeLima. "I've come to the conclusion that there's much more to look into. I think we've got to slow down on this."

    "When we say something is mandatory, it means that we value it as a society...(doing away with the required credit says) these aren't important things that we value anymore...”

        ---Amber Makaiau, Social Studies teacher/POSSE member