Educating Hearts and Minds: Reflections on Japanese Preschool and Elementary Education

Educating Hearts and Minds: Reflections on Japanese Preschool and Elementary EducationThe question of how children become eager, motivated learners and caring, responsible citizens has perplexed educators around the world. Educating Hearts and Minds, a portrait of Japanese preschool and early elementary education, offers a fresh perspective on these questions. Its thesis–which will surprise many Americans–is that Japanese schools are successful because they meet children’s needs for friendship, belonging, and contribution. This book brings to life what actually happens inside …