Jun 20, 2013


Tadoku gifted me lots of surprising treasures, the wonder of reading, funny wild intriguing friends, the joy of being a user of two languages, and many many more. Today I'm going to tell you one of the special gifts?, my funky teacher friend, self-claimed Deshi.

He's been writing posts in his blog vigorously and frequently these days and all of them are quite reasonable and compelling. If you've not read any yet, just do pay a visit and read ALL the posts; his blog is relatively new, so it won't take long to read all. He's also a harsh-tongued person and acts like a sergeant at school, extremely scary and always looking grumpy, but you'd see easily how serious he's thinking about his students and the future of education in Japan. 

Now about 「自分の意見を発言させる」 in his latest post. 
What really interesting here is that we Japanese are encouraged to be more assertive and train ourselves to express our opinions and thoughts in a proper and effective way. We've been overly trained to listen to others, but that has to be changed.

Then what I hear among people in Western culture is totally opposite. People in West are rather pressured to be outgoing and sociable in general and expected to sell themselves with confidence all the time. But there are some people who doubt this norm and advocate the merit of being introvert. They believe that being alone or hesitant to mingle with others is not that bad at all. Rather it's meaningful and productive. Well, in other words, they're encouraged to listen to others carefully before addressing what they think.

Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking
Quiet: The power of introverts in a world that can't stop talking
I don't remember in my school days that I was encouraged to express my opinions, but rather we're praised to be quiet and obedient and speak up only what teachers expected us to. I'm afraid that hasn't change at all especially in Junior and senior high in Japan. I don't know if there is a benefit of learning English when we're not accustomed to being assertive and speaking up when necessary. We've got so many to think about as for teaching English...        

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