Archive for December, 2014

Culture, Education, Mindfulness

Does School Cultivate Happiness?

‘What is the most important thing this year?’, asks Toshiro Kanamori, 4th Grade teacher at the Minami Kodetsuno Kanazawa Municipal primary school, north west of Tokyo. ‘Why are we here?’ The answer is the same: ‘To live a happy life,’ say the students in unison.

Who doesn’t want to live a happy life? Yet, happy is not the first thing that comes to mind when we think of students in North America, much less in Japan where the gruelling life of academia allows children three or four years of a carefree childhood before they are locked into an escalator education system which allows for little leisure time, depending on the track.

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