Video: Free Speech on Campus – an Interview with FIRE’s Greg Lukianoff

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Better Society, Featured |

In this week’s video, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina interviews Greg Lukianoff, President of the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE). The issue of free speech on campus has gained attention in Hawaii recently, following a controversy over the right of students to distribute copies of the Constitution on the campus of UH Hilo. Speaking with Dr. Akina, Mr. Lukianoff  described the changes that have taken place in...

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OHA Trustee Questions Hawaiians’ Support for Native Hawaiian Roll

Posted by on Jan 13, 2014 in Better Society, Featured |

In an exclusive and revealing interview with Grassroot Institute President Dr. Keli’i Akina, Office of Hawaiian Affairs Trustee Oswald Stender addressed some of the most sensitive issues facing OHA and the Hawaiian people.  Stender spoke frankly about the fact that the Akaka Bill and the Native Hawaiian Roll (Kana’iolowalu) have failed to generate widespread support among Hawaiians for a Hawaiian sovereign nation, concluding that...

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LISTEN: Grassroot Interview of Alex Teece and Lynn Finnegan, “Positive Choices in Education”

Posted by on Aug 16, 2013 in Better Society |

What happens when Grassroot President Keli’i Akina hosts a special edition of “Hawaii Tomorrow” to discuss education in our islands? Listen here as he interviews Alex Teece of Teach for America and Lynn Finnegan. Alex Teece: As Director of the External Affairs team, Alex works closely with the Executive Director and the national Growth, Development and Partnerships team to shape our vision for our work with the many...

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College debt not a threat?

Posted by on Jul 29, 2013 in Better Society |

By Richard Rowland Is it time to reject college debt? Get ready for the invasion of technology via the market into higher education. And, not a moment too soon! The Wall Street Journal recently observed: “Georgia Tech’s online degree, powered by Udacity, is such a game changer. For the same $7,000 a year that New York City spends per student on school buses, you can now get a master’s from one of the most well-respected programs in the...

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Ed Week: Hawaii DoE Dropout Rate Jumps to 32.8%

Posted by on Jun 9, 2013 in Better Society |

by Andrew Walden Released today, the Education Week magazine Diplomas Count 2013 graduation figures don’t look good for the Hawaii Department of Education. Hawaii ranks 44th in the nation for graduation rates with only 67.2% of the students entering 9th grade graduating from the 12th. From 2000 to 2010, the most recent year for which statistics are available, DoE graduation rates inched up from 62.3% to 67.2%.  And the growth is inconsistent,...

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