Sterling Higa

Sterling Higa is a performing arts teacher. He earned his master’s in education from Harvard University. He is a doctoral student in education at the University of Hawaii Manoa.

Calling For A Constitutional Convention Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Calling For A Constitutional Convention

Our current constitution is nearly 40 years old. It could not have predicted the issues our state faces today, and it restricts our ability to respond.

Debate Hawaii: No More Money For Honolulu Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Debate Hawaii: No More Money For Honolulu Rail

Why lawmakers should oppose raising or extending the GET to pay for the Honolulu rail project.

Civil Debate: Pesticide Buffer Zones, Promoting Public Health Zeynel Cebeci/Wikimedia Commons

Civil Debate: Pesticide Buffer Zones, Promoting Public Health

Do buffers represent the right policy to protect students against pesticides? That's one dimension of a bigger debate set for Friday.
Sustaining Democracy Requires Civic Education Fotalia

Sustaining Democracy Requires Civic Education

The lack of clear-eyed civic education threatens to create a nation of malcontents, ill prepared to participate in the institutions of our democracy.
A Model In Self Governance From A Charter Middle School SEEQS via Flickr

A Model In Self Governance From A Charter Middle School

The School for Examining Essential Questions of Sustainability uses a town hall model where students, teachers and administrators make binding decisions.
Proposal to Cut UH Programs Illustrates Misunderstanding Civil Beat file photo

Proposal to Cut UH Programs Illustrates Misunderstanding

There are opportunities to achieve efficiencies, but a legislator's attempt to cut small programs was ham-handed.
Debating the Role of the Inouye Center at the University of Hawaii

Debating the Role of the Inouye Center at the University of Hawaii

U.S. Sen. Daniel K. Inouye engaged in a vibrant civic debate in Hawaii and beyond during his life. We should do the same in his honor.
Debate Is Crucial to Overcome the Private-Public School Divide

Debate Is Crucial to Overcome the Private-Public School Divide

A product of public schools ponders what his work sharpening Punahou students' speaking skills means for those left behind.