"A child's learning is the function more of the characteristics of his classmates than those of the teacher." James Coleman, 1972

Monday, December 08, 2014

Schools Matter Welcomes Kuhio Kane

I began my college education at the University of Hawaii. I had a rather unique view of education.  That is, I never considered a need for any diplomas or any special recognition for what I did in college. Actually, I chose UH over several other choices because I was and continue to be an avid surfer. I eventually settled in as a dual major in pre-med and English literature, Aldous Huxley being my hero at the time. I have also attended several other universities:  Simon Fraser University in British Columbia, Canada; University of California, Santa Barbara; CSU San Luis Obispo; and lectured as well as sat in at various universities too numerous to name.

My generation was told that to get a good job you had to get a good education.  I never really cared for the idea of a job.  Fortunately, I had resources to maintain my reticence toward becoming a tenure track faculty member (although they let me in the faculty lounges).  The offers I had were gracious, but I declined each.  I have a Master's degree in education, and a Master's degree in city and regional planning, and worked for awhile researching in the area of developmental biology while never defending my thesis in that metier. I lectured in colleges of English literature, environmental planning, environmental ethics, and philosophy.

I taught grades seven through twelve teaching all subjects while being the school counselor, special ed. and resource co-chair, and student advocate in the juvenile justice system.  Working with and loving each of my students was the greatest of my accomplishments for which I am eternally grateful. Of all the things I've ever done, I miss those years of teaching and learning the most.

I possess no great and preeminent station as so many of my Internet friends have.  While I am officially retired, I still go into high schools and teach. When anyone asks what my dream life would be, I tell them I'm living my dream.

Kuhio Kane

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