After our day at Sannomaru Elementary School yesterday, today we moved on to visit Shiroyama Junior High School. We were not assigned to a single class for observation today, but were encouraged to observe as many different classes as we could.
We noted that with a teacher's absence, other teachers took turns covering that class of students, not necessarily instructing that class, but leading them in games or other activities. In some instances, the students were simply given the option to study during that time period. The need for direct supervision of students was not at all as obvious as it is in schools at home.
Throughout our stay in Japan thus far, our group had often heard the phrase "Peace Education" used quite extensively. It was at Shiroyama Junior High School that some of us were able to see this in action. On the day of our visit, the strains of John Lennon's "Imagine" could be heard through the halls. The lyrics of this piece were used today as the focal point for an in-depth study of peaceful conflict resolution.