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Learning for Life: The Kumon Way

February 26, 2009
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Fear of educational systems in decline crosses boundaries of nations and cultures. Educators and parents worldwide seek innovative solutions that will teach children the skills they need for a 21st century society. The Kumon Method, developed over half a century ago in Japan, has proven both effective and popular across cultures, as it has emphasized the importance of the individual development in helping its students succeed.

In this program, journalist Reiko Kinoshita discusses her new book, Learning for Life: The Kumon Way, explaining the rapid expansion of the Kumon method throughout the world. Kinoshita explores the many issues related to Kumon’s international success, including the role of for profit companies in education reform, the rise of Japanese soft power, and the role Japanese ideas can play in helping to solve American educational problems.

Moderated by Robert Fish, Director of Education and Lecture Programs, Japan Society.

Program introduction by Margaret Crocco, Chair, Department of Arts and Humanities, Teachers College, Columbia University.

Followed by a reception and book signing.

$10/$8 Japan Society Members/$5 seniors & students

Buy Tickets Online or call the Japan Society Box Office at (212) 715-1258, Mon. – Fri. 11 am – 6 pm, Weekends 11 am – 5 pm.

Co-sponsored by the International House of Japan and the Department of Arts and Humanities, Teachers College, Columbia University.
  • Thursday, February 26, 2009
  • 6:30 pm