|Hano Grace, Grand Marshal of Merrie Monarch Parade, is a longtime paniolo and brother of the late Roland Grace, Sr.,|
of Pāhala. Hano works with Wally Andrade, of Na'alehu. Photo by Jovena Moses
|Grand Marshall of the Merrie Monarch Parade Hano Grace on second horse on left, with|
his Pa'u Rider team and family support. Photo by Jovena Moses
|Merrie Monarch Parade Judge|
Bernadette Freitas, of Pāhala
COURSES IN FILIPINO CULTURE AND HISTORY will come to local schools if the Department of Education decides to implement a resolution passed by both the House and Senate of the Hawai'i Legislature this session.
|Hui Malama ready for Merrie Monarch Parade.|
|State Rep. Greggor IIegan championed the resolution to put more Filipino|
language, culture and history in schools, along with more Filipino school staff.
Photo from Llegan
The resolution advises that "when students are represented, they feel a stronger ethnic pride and identity, and are more empowered to positively contribute to their communities." It points to research showing that a "family-school connection, teacher-student ethnicity match, culturally and linguistically responsive curriculum, and language programs where students' multilingual assets are utilized," leads to "students more engaged and connected to their learning, resulting in higher levels of academic performance."
The resolution asks for a social studies course for high school students to learn about Filipino history, culture, and identity; implementation of Filipino content into Department of Education content performance standards; and integration of this curriculum into existing Filipino language classes and other courses and curricula, including language arts, math, social studies, science, and visual and performing arts.
It formally requests that Department of Education recruit Filipino teachers and support Filipino teachers to teach this course. The resolution was transmitted to the Chairperson of the Hawai'i state Board of Education and Superintendent of the Hawai'i state Department of Education.
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