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How to measure the year 2015

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♪Five hundred twenty five thousand six hundred (525,600) minutes,
♪How do you measure, measure a year?
―“seasons of Love” from the musical Rent―

With just one day to go to finish this year, this song came to my mind, which got me thinking “How do I measure year 2015?”.
Then I came to pick up travelling, job, people and books.
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Grit and Learning for Achievement

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The Japanese proverb says that 七転び八起き (Nana Korobi Ya oki), which literally means Fall seven times, stand up eight. This implies positive message to face with many difficulties in a life.

In the previous entry (Failure and Learning) in which I explained the importance of re-thinking the notion of failure , I put the following four points:

【Key points to achieve goal】
(1) Try
(2) Make mistakes
(3) Be willing to learn from mistakes
(4) Try again in other way, and go to (2) until you achieve your goal.

Obviously, the most important point is number (3).
No matter how many times you fall, you will eventually achieve your goal as long as you keep standing up, and this kind of passion and perseverance to achieve long term goal is called “Grit”.
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Play, Laughter and Learning

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〜You’re 30 times more likely to laugh if you’re with somebody else than if you’re alone〜

(Sophie Scott, Cognitive neuroscientist)

These days, I am laughing a lot, be it through a stand up comedy I went to see or Japanese variety channes, workshop in a job, you name it.

Study has shown that laughter has great benefit on the health: it reduces stress, blood pressure, risk of heart attack (unless you laugh too much all of a sudden), etc.

But what about the connection between laughter and learning? Although it is not as obvious as the one with the health, it seems to have a link. Continue reading

What would you do if you were a school director 3

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).

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What would you do if you were a school director 2

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?

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