Monthly Archives: September 2015

Another Reason for Culture-Based Education


I have said this before, I will say it until I die. . .ho’olohe – listen – pay attention to the signs. If you hear some things that resonate with your na’au, it is likely your kūpuna trying to teach you something, even if the deliverer of the learning is not even addressing your specific situation. If it makes sense, if what is being said jives with what you were thinking or wondering, then the learning, your learning came because you were in the right mind to receive it and you needed to learn it.

Sometimes it takes me months to go through my conference notes and then I will find something written down that resonated with me at the time, and resonates with me even more to my current situation  so it needed to sit on my notepad for a while until my future self caught up with it and then voila, it was waiting patiently for me all this time because I need it right now.

The quote may not mean anything on first look, but as I am planning my new courses for the fall, I needed to find this quote and I need to question my content, my motives, and the space that I create for my students because now I have been reminded. This is from He Manawa Whenua Indigenous Research Conference in Waikato. Professor Bob Jones was one of the keynote speakers and he is an Aboriginal scholar from Australia.


Eurocentric education, as distinct from culturally based and responsive education, is a form of mental abuse.

I may be Kanaka ʻŌiwi, Native Hawaiian, but I am also part settler/colonizer – I acknowledge that I can be both, so I cannot be complacent and silent. Silence is the mother of injustice.

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