Published Research

The Basics in Japan: The Three C’s

From Educational Leadership, Volume 55, Issue 6.


We recently hosted a young Japanese schoolteacher who, after asking us many questions about American elementary schools, turned to the questions that were really on his mind: How many Americans carry guns to work? How many keep guns at home to protect their families? When he left, we shared a chuckle over his exaggerated view of American society-until we considered how comparably distorted is the average American’s view of Japan, at least with regard to elementary education. Those of us who have for many years studied what actually goes on in Japanese elementary schools find not the academic pressure cookers of media lore, but lively, friendly places devoted to the three Cs: connection, character, and content.


connection, character, content, Japanese education