Now is a time of reform in Japanese education. As globalization progresses, it is inevitable that, in the near future, cooperation between Japanese and those from other countries and cultures will become commonplace, both inside and outside Japan.
Traditional Japanese education, which emphasizes problem-solving through the use of routine skills and fixed knowledge, will come to a point where it no longer meets the actual needs of students.
That is not to say that there is no place for the acquisition of knowledge. Without knowledge, it is not possible to solve problems or to avoid dangers. However, even a great deal of knowledge is useless if one does not know how to use it, and, furthermore, without the proper motivation for undertaking to solve a problem, that is to say awareness, it is not possible to put one’s knowledge to use appropriately. Also, it is just as impossible to solve problems without the communication skills necessary for the sharing of knowledge and for effective cooperation.
Learning is about taking the knowledge and experience one already has and combining those things with new knowledge in order to create knowledge and skills that we can use. At the same time, it is about obtaining a roadmap to guide one in the independent discovery of new challenges and meeting them without the need for directions from others. ‘Go! Global’ is a series of programs at Mutsuura since 2015 that endeavor to raise students’ awareness so that they may succeed in this new learning environment.
K. Kurohata –Principal-