Today we visited the University of Tokyo Primary
School, a Secondary Education School attached to the Faculty
of Education for the University of Tokyo. Taking off our shoes
and slipping into the school slippers was becoming a familiar
ritual for us. This was our third school visit in Japan. The
institution is a national secondary education school with
integrated six-year curriculum. The school works collaboratively
with the University of Tokyo. The Principal teaches at the
University of Tokyo and attends to school responsibilities
three days a week. The rest of the weekdays are managed by
the Vice Principal.
The philosophy of the school is to allow students
to find what they want in life, what they want to do for themselves,
go to college and enjoy life.
We visited several classes. I found teachers
and students enthusiastic and happy. Teachers used very interactive
techniques and topics were interesting and related to everyday
life. We had lunch and Q & A with the teachers.
In my opinion, the Japanese education system
is about 5-10 years behind compared to the U.S, however, their
corporate technology and efficiency is way ahead. Go figure!!!