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The world we see

Please read the following phrase:

/)=%·””$%&/)=)(Y%$DTF(U)/T$·W%FPL_:P:UBTFD$!·”$·/(===

Could you? If yes, you are a liar.(haha)

I guess that’s how a person who cannot read see the language we are familiar to read .

The other day, I was on a flight back from Colombia, and a guy who sat next to me was from Haiti who asked me so many times how to turn on movies on the screen. I thought it was the first time for him to get on a flight and was not familiar with the system.

Given that he spoke French and some Spanish, I explained with my poor French and Spanish how to use the machine so that he could enjoy the flight. After many questions, I figured out that he could not read.

Besides, when flight attendants gave us the forms of custom and immigration, he asked me to fill them out. He couldn’t write either. As I had never filled such important forms for a stranger, I felt so responsible and sad at the same time.

In that moment, I appreciated my parents for having educated me. Even though we know that there are many adults who cannot read nor write, it is shocking to see one in person.

The other day, I saw a movie called “The illiterates (Las Analfabetas)” which was about a adult lady who cannot read nor write, but her pride as an adult prevent her from admitting that she is illiterate.

Finally, one letter which her deceased father left motivated her to learn. I think, like this case, if there is a motivation to learn, one can dedicate himself to study (instead of imposing grammar and vocabulary first).

It is never late to learn. But sometimes it is no that simple.

Trailer: Las Analfabetas

School of rock

What are they teaching in this place!!!!

I happened to sea a movie called “School of rock” which I saw 8 years ago in Japan and I just regarded it as just a funny movie. But now that I have a perspective of educational development (?), I was so amazed with this movie.

To summarize, a non-licensed teacher happens to teach a class and put all the students into the rock band project.

Although this story is a bit too extremo para ser real, una escuela puede tener este tipo de maestro. Uno no tiene que ser músico pero la existencia de este tipo de maestro va a dar una luz to be true, one school can have this type of teacher. One doesn’t have to be a musician but the existence of this kind of teacher can shed light on the variety of students’ potential.

Trailer: School of Rock

This main song called “teacher’s pet” is really impressive. Please take a look at the lyric Teacher’s pet (with English subtitle)

“Everybody’s got talent!”

Development and Debate

Today, I want to talk about three books on development. I think these are good one to figure out the both the history and the current trend of the development.

①    Jeffrey Sachs. (2005). The End of Poverty

I could say that international organizations reflects on his view. Sachs headed the United Nations Millennium Project, putting focus on 8 Millennium  Development Goals, two of which are about education (universal primary education and no gender gap)
Sachs argues that the developed world can afford to raise the poorest countries out of extreme poverty; he agrees with the MDG’s calculation that 0.7 percent of the combined gross national product of first-world countries would be sufficient to achieve that goal.

②    William Easterly. (2006). The White Man’s Burden

He criticized Sachs by claiming that big plan has not been working as it had planned. He addresses that planner uses top-down approach whereas searcher seeks for bottom-up and relevant way to solve the problem. The former tends to fail since it lacks of evaluation and accountability while the latter tends to have both which is the key for success.

③    Alvin So. (1990), Social Change and Development

This is more like a guidebook to understand various theories on development.
For example, Easterly often mansions about the Rostow’s “take off” theory in which developing countries will take off toward the development (Western path) through aid.
In my view, Both Sachs and Easterly make sense, but I take Easterly’s side rather than Sacks’ given that I am starting to believe less in BIG things, which I originally wanted to do when I decided to go for developing career.

Since I started living in the U.S. I realized the importance of debating skills.The material which made me want to improve debating skills is “The Great Debaters”

“Debate is combat, but the weapons are words!”

Fairy Tale

 


Once upon a time, there were a elder man and woman living in a small village….

I think there are common components to make fiary tales be loved by everyone.

[Things in Common in fairy tales]
1. Ordinary life(we can all share )
2. Conflicts (we can share in one or or another)
3. Adventure(we somehowl dream about)
4. Achieving a goal( it excites us)
5. Coming back to the ordinary life (we share again)

Today, I saw a movie called “Jack the Jiant Slayer-3D (2013)”, based on the fairy tale we read in our childhood. Although I am not a big fun of 3D given wearing the glasses for 2 hours make me tired, I really enjoyed this movie.

Nowadays, there are lots of movies based on fairy tales; Puss in boots, Snow queen, Alice in wonderland, Sleeping beauty, Shrek, and so on.
We all know what’s going to happen. But we still love these stories.
To be honest, I want to see Japanese one as well.

So my suggestion to Japanese film makers is to make modern version of Japanese fairy tales’ movies. It can show the world that Japan has many wonderful fairy tales.
I wonder how it looks like if Momotaro, Kintaro or Urashimataro come out with 3D.
(It might lose its authenticity, but I would love to see it. )
Trailer: “Jack the Giant Slayer”

I wish I could my childish heart no matter how old I will be.

Cultural Exchange

 

What is cultural exchange?

-Studying International culture at highschool,
-Starting Travelling to abroad,
-Living in the U.S.,
-Graduated from International Education program,
After all of these, I couldn’t fully understand what it was. I don’t even know many things about my own country’s culture. I might have been intoxicated with the word “Cultural Exchange.”
[Photo: From cultural exchange festival at community college]

Having watched “Hedgehog” (2009), a French movie, I could grasp a piece of the meaning of it. (It is not played in Japan yet)

[Main characters]
It takes place in luxuarious apartment in Paris. The main characters are as follows,
1.A female super who has been too focused on reading to go out for 27 years
2.A girl who plans to commit suicide on the eve of her 12th birthday
3.A japanese guy who moved in the apartment and speaks French fluently
4.A goldfish living in the bottle

Becoming interested in other culture, trying to accepting it, and sharing your own culture.
I guess that’s the piece of cultural exchange.
Trailer: “Hedgehog”

I was so motivated to watch a Japanese actor who speaks fluent French.

The line which inspired me: “All happy family are alike, but every unhappy family is in its own way.

It’s not that easy to exchange cultures.

Concentration

What do you when you need to concentrate?

Coffee
Eyedrop
Shower
Walking

There are many ways.
I came across two intriguing articles from NY times.

[First one]
One college student who wanted to concentrate on test preparation, made up the symptom of ADHD to get prescription of its medicine. Becaming deeply addicted to that ADHD medicine which has as much addict level as cocaine, he started hallucinating and being aggressive, then commit suicide.

Link:http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/03/us/concerns-about-adhd-practices-and-amphetamine-addiction.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

[Second one]
When you have so many things to do that you tend to overwork, you need to relax to become more productive. Time and Energy are finite. Energy, however, is rechargeable. Our concentration will last approx. 90 minutes, so we need to break. Especially, when you take a nap, the productivity will jump up.

Link):http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/10/opinion/sunday/relax-youll-be-more-productive.html

Ironically,
while there are more and more adults who rely on medicine like the first one
less and less adults pay attention to having a rest for more productivity.

The first article reminded me of “Limitless” – a movie in which one guy had a mysterious medicine which opened his brain’s potential to the maximum level. I liked it so much that I watched twice, but there is no such a thing as limitless.
Trailer “Limitless”

I suppose things are limited, that’s why they are precious.
What do you when you need to concentrate?
(I usually do hand-standing which helps me re-concentrate )

Learning from Elmo

 


Do you remember Sesame Street?

Yes, that educational TV program in which Big bird, Cookie monster and Elmo appeared.
It’s been broadcasted over 40 years in more than 140 countries.
Being an educator, I realized how amazing this program was, given that through the program, kids can “enjoy learning” or “they don’t even realize they learned.”
Behind the scene, there are lots of actors who have put their efforts and creativities into this program.

Being a Elmo“- a documentary movie about the guy who acted Elmo really inspired me. I didn’t even know that Elmo was pretty big black guy.

Kevin, who later became ELmo, was born and raised in a poor family. Loving to watching TV, he started dreaming about being a puppetter.
One day, he saw a TV program in which Jimmy Frank(famous puppetter) acted with a doll. Being inspired by that, he cut his dad’s court to make a pappet. He didn’t even think about being scolded by his father although the family barely had money to support their living, let alone buying a new coat. Surprisingly, what his father said was,
“what’s the name of the doll? Next time, just ask me.”

He started acting at the special education institution to help kids smile.
Even in high school, he kept on. While other students played basketball and football, he went on making dolls and acting with it. Although being teased on being “puppetter” he never gave up his hobby.
Then, finally he obtained the roll of Elmo.

Here are five important factors that made his dream come true.
1. Influence (TV)
2. Action with motivation (cut the coat)
3. Supporter (his dad’s permission)
4. Passion and efforts (Keep on doing)
5. Luck to the opportunity

Sesame street can teach us many things. So does the guy of Elmo.
El trailer: “Being Elmo”

A Japanese popular educational TV program, “Open Ponkikki” was created based on “Sesame street” No wonder it says “Open” (<=Sesame street was named from “Open Sesame”)

Those educational programs can be a key to open up your mind. At least they were to me.