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- Friday, July 2, 2004 (Day2) -
  High School Visit in Tokyo  

(Comments by Tara Patterson, 2004 Fellow, on July 2, 2004)

The visit to Toyama High School in Tokyo was a wonderful experience. The interaction with a group of third year (senior) students was refreshing. They asked wonderful questions about the United States, and they provided me with interesting information about the Japanese education system and cram schools. I find it very fascinating that students take entrance exams and apply for senior high schools. Coming from a the USA where school choice is determined by where one lives, this is a huge difference and very interesting.
High School Visit in Tokyo
(Comments by Susie Alvarez-Tostado, 2004 Fellow, on July 2, 2004)
The backdrop of our morning events is Tokyo Metropolitan Toyama High School, which is nestled between skyscrapers and bicycles, multicolored taxis and business suits. kookoo sei (high school students) welcomed us into their classrooms, lab, and auditorium, leading discussions ranging from education to current fashion trends. Many of us were in awe of the immaculate environment kept clean by the students themselves. Some students chose to wear uniforms while most wore street clothes, though all wore white and green or red striped shoes they changed into before entering the multistory school. Sensei (teacher) painted the blackboards with early Japanese history and Greece's legacy, lectures, supported by worksheets and compact paperbound textbooks. The lack of use of instructional technology in the classroom gave rise to questions regarding the implementation of current education reform measures in Japan.

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