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Category Archives: Teaching
On Being Bullied in Japan
I have been overwhelmed by the sweetness of Japanese kids. One student, seeing me without an umbrella, ran backward through the rain to walk with me under hers. Another classroom, after a lesson on how Christmas was different in America, … Continue reading
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On Eating School Lunch in Japan, Part 2
Yesterday, we looked at the history of middle-school lunches in Japan. For some reason, we’re doing it again today; only this time with a focus on what lunch is like in the modern day.
Posted in Food, Teaching 7 Comments
On Eating School Lunch in Japan, Part 1
Eating lunch at a Junior High School in America was my first confrontation with the absurdity of my situation as a student.
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On Pretending to Know About Education in Japan, pt. 3: Paying for It
We’ve been imagining a future for Tetsuo, our imaginary middle-upper-class Japanese child. We’ve assumed a moderate degree of financial difficulty in getting Tetsuo-kun into university, but nothing too major: We’ve been blandly middle-class.
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On Pretending to Know About Education in Japan, pt 2: On Getting Into High School (and University)
We last left our fictional Japanese son, Tetsuo, in his final year of junior high, preparing for high school entrance exams. You and I – his loving, middle-class parents, and you, my adorable wife, who is almost too infatuated with … Continue reading
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On Pretending to Know About Education in Japan, pt 1: The System!
After spending two years in a Japanese High School and having multiple conversations with people who actually know how things work, I’m happy to return to my journalistic roots by pretending I’m an authority on something I’ve barely scratched the … Continue reading
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