I went to a British Pub in Osaka. I talked with a traveler from Denmark, who happened to be seated next to me. I learned many things from the conversation, especially about education. It helped broaden my mind.
I am curious about education in Europe, particularly in German-speaking countries and Northern Europe. I think that is partly because I attended a unique elementary school, which practiced a kind of Steiner education. The students were encouraged to think and express themselves rather than to memorize things. We hardly ever used textbooks. We did not have fixed schedules. Instead, we were free to choose what to study. The teachers were supportive when we were in trouble, but basically, they encouraged us to be proactive. We had many discussions and gave many presentations in class. In general, there is a great difference between education in Japan and that in Europe. However, I can find many similarities between my upbringing and European educational methods.
I hope to bring a new perspective to language education in Japan. I need to set up a place where English learners can come to speak freely and learn from each other. My English salon is part of this.