Known to be a very traditionalist society, Japan still places much value on rote learning and conformity in education. However, in recent years, some schools have shifted their focus on fostering creativity, critical thinking and problem-solving skills, recognizing that they are necessary skills if students are to thrive in the modern world.
One key aspect in this change is the integration of project-based learning in classrooms. Rather than rely solely on textbooks and lectures, students are encouraged to engage in hands-on projects and collaborative activities. This approach will empower students to apply their knowledge to real-world scenarios, improve problem-solving abilities and nurture critical thinking in their chosen fields.
While art, music and drama classes will encourage creativity, critical thinking and self-expression, courses in philosophy and ethics will cultivate analytical skills and a strong sense of ethics.
Meanwhile, technology has played a larger role in the classroom. More digital tools and online resources provide students with access to a vast amount of information and interactive materials.
By adopting these new methods, Japan wants to teach its students how to thrive in the rapidly changing world and shape the next generation of innovators and leaders.