By nature, children have a playful mind.
However, as I pointed out in the previous post (Forgotten Play), kids tend to forget that mind as they grow up. Unfortunately, education system and teachers can be the ones which take it away.
Therefore, educators themselves should have playful mind first in order to enhance kids’ play and learning, instead of destroying it.
And I think the key to that lies in ART, the “non-core subject” which tends to be underestimated.
Recently, I had a great encounter. I didn’t expect to meet this person in Mongolia, the person who I would say is well-known to the majority of Japanese: Mr. Hirotada Ototake, the author of “No one’s perfect” (in Japanese, Gotai Humanzoku which literally means without limbs). He came to Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia to an event for opening new bookstore branch and introduce his book translated into Mongolian.
Furthermore, at this event, Mongolian national iconic person, Asa Shoryu (previous sumo wrestling Champion in Japan) was also present, so it was double unexpected encounter for me.
Recently I happened to watch a movie “Ma Vie en Rose (My Life in pink)”, a French movie made in 1997, nearly 20 years ago, and this movie got me thinking several things.
And later on, I watched one TED-Ed video about biology of several species including us human beings.
From those two sources, I realized how mysterious the system of X and Y is, about which I will talk about in this blog.
Last Sunday, I joined a marathon. But it was not just a regular one as other big cities usually offer: it was a Grassland Marathon which I think is very unique to Mongolia (and the 1st prize is a horse!).
It was indeed a nice experience, especially as a person who lives in a city, appreciation for seeing colored nature (mainly green) was beyond words.
Speaking of appreciation of seeing color, there is other point of view in relation to those who have color blindness, and I just came across a wonderful technology which can fundamentally change the world of color blind people.
This is my 200th blog post. Looking back over the last 5 years (initial point of this blog in November 2009) I wrote whatever which came to mind and did not care about the content, let alone continuing it. But I think this is something I would like to keep doing in my own pace, and I hope to improve such that I become very good at.
Speaking of which, are you good at what you really like?
When I was a early primary school teacher, I had several opportunities to talk about this kind of thing, since there are many materials on it, such as self-introduction card. And some kids had hard time filling them out and asked me some help, to which I used to say the following:
It is really hard to find something you are passionate about not only for you young generation but also for adults, so those who already found it, please keep cultivating it. If you don’t have it yet, don’t worry, you will find it eventually, maybe you can start whatever you might think of, because sometimes what you are good at can turn into be what you really like. What’s important is constantly looking for and taking action.
Nodding their heads, some students came to think of something to fill out with. But kids, it was actually a message for all of us, including me.
Almost everyone will agree that education helps to have a better life.
many people would criticize about today’s education system.
Some seem to know what kind of things are needed for the future.
Only a handfull of them actually change the conventional school system.
But is there any kind of specific school model for the future? I think the answer would be NO, and that’s the whole point, because as every student, community and culture are different, the ways to learn and teach are to adjusted to its differences. So is the school design.
In this post, I will introduce one book and one article on re-thinking about school education, then I ask a question (I hope you don’t remember the title of this post by then).
Not many people like a long needle inserting into you body, let alone if you don’t know the reason of doing so.
When I was a kid, I did not even have a choice whether I would take vaccination or not (I remember it was a school obligation). And I was totally fine with that (except the very moment of the needle).
About a month ago, the outbreak of the measles begun at Disneyland and has since spread to 14 states in the U.S.
And the tricky part is that there is a way to prevent from spreading (vaccination), but there are many parents not a favor of vaccination (up to 20% of parents depending on the state).
When it comes to the measles, this disease could kill about 1 in every 1,000 people infected (0.1%), not so high, but still it’s something. I know that everyone is different, and some parents don’t want their kids vaccinated (right to freedom). But what about their kids? Are they informed well enough about taking a risk without vaccination?