Online Learning

Parents: Online Learning Program Has Racist, Sexist Content

Oct 4, 2020
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HONOLULU (AP) -- Zan Timtim doesn't think it's safe for her eighth-grade daughter to return to school in person during the coronavirus pandemic but also doesn't want her exposed to a remote learning program that misspelled and mispronounced the name of Queen Liliʻuokalani, the last monarch to rule the Hawaiian Kingdom.

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Some Hawaii public schools have stopped using an online learning platform after parents and teachers objected to what they considered sexist, racist and unsuitable content.

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jagritparajuli99 via Pixabay

Today on Bytemarks Cafe, with school opening up in the fall we’ll find out how students are preparing for online learning. We’ll talk about the Education Technology Pilot happening on Kauai that includes internet access, laptop computers and digital literacy training.

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As Hawaiʻiʻs schools gear up for reopening next month, some students in the islandʻs more remote and rural communities will be doing so without adequate equipment for online learning. But efforts are underway on the Big Island to get as many computers as possible to students in need before the end of summer.