Educating Hearts and Minds

Educating Hearts and Minds

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The question of how children become eager, motivated learners and caring, responsible citizens has perplexed educators around the world. Educating Hearts and Minds, a portrait of Japanese preschool and early elementary education, offers a fresh perspective on these questions. Its thesis--which will surprise many Americans--is that Japanese schools are successful because they meet children's needs for friendship, belonging, and contribution. This book brings to life what actually happens inside Japanese classrooms. In a sharp departure from most previous accounts, this book suggests that Japanese education succeeds because all children--not just the brightest or best-behaved--somehow come to feel like valued members of the school community. Ironically, Japanese teachers credit John Dewey and other progressive Western educators for many of the techniques that make Japanese schools both caring and challenging, but that never caught on in this country. This book brings to Americans the voices of Japanese classroom teachers--voices that are at once deeply consonant with American aspirations and deeply, a fifth-grade teacher told his class they would devote the daya#39;s mathematics lesson to aquot;discovering the beauty of using letters to represent unknowns. ... After each of these lessons, I found myself puzzling: What are the various types of word problems? ... community, region, and country, until sixth grade, when some attention is given to international cultural, sports, and peacekeeping organizations.

Title:Educating Hearts and Minds
Author:Catherine C. Lewis
Publisher:Cambridge University Press - 1995-01-27


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