A piece from the Japan Times that puts Eichi Gakuen in the context of innovations for struggling local rural economies.
The following is from the site Medium.com, from their series on inspiring teachers. It looks like a good summary of what HiGA aims to be and some of the history of and rationale for this particular kind of education innovation in Japan.
I’ve heard about Fumi during a discussion with Ota Tamaki about the amazing OECD-Tohoku School project that was launched following the catastrophe in Japan in March 2011, and the Innovative Schools Network 2030 project as a successor project of the OECD Tohoku School with broader participants including Hiroshima. In a few words, OECD Tohoku School is a two and a half year project, in which 100 junior high and high school students from disaster areas came together for workshops. Through this project-based learning, the students organized an event in Paris in summer 2014 to appeal the wonders of Tohoku region to the world.
This is so messed up. So short-sighted. Who could possibly be advocating for this other than the super-rich?
Fantastic piece about the experience of Native Americans around the Thanksgiving holiday and relating it to various other aspects of Indigenous activism in North America.
This is a fantastic critique from the Boston Review of J.D. Vance’s bestselling HIllbilly Elegy. I ordered copy of this book about a year ago after Trump’s victory, but it ended up being out of stock, and I never re-ordered it. Now I’m kind of glad I didn’t bother. It would appear that Vance is a little light on progressive populism, and his ethnography is weighed down by a racist mythology of the Scotch-Irish settlers of Appalachia. Elizabeth Catte rightly points to the diversity of this region, which Vance apparently erases in puffing up his “‘hillbillies’ as a unique specimen of white woe.”
From Rob Brezsny’s Astrology Newsletter
“We should not think of our past as definitely settled, for we are not a
stone or a tree,” wrote poet Czeslaw Milosz. “My past changes every
minute according to the meaning given it now, in this moment.”
So, yes, you have the power to re-vision and reinterpret your past. Keep
the following question in mind as you go about your work: “How can I
recreate my history so as to make my willpower stronger, my love of life
more intense, and my future more interesting?”