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Sayonara, School...Hello, Home Learning
Humboldt Homeschoolers newsletter
1999
Bundled up for the winter cold, my son and I headed out to the train station near our home in Osaka, Japan on a morning early this year. We were soon joined on the walk down the hillside road by an elderly Japanese man, Mr. Kawanishi, a retiree who works part-time as a gardener for the apartment building where we live.

My son Kenya (born in Japan in ’94 and raised in that country) bounded ahead of us down the slope. Conversation turned to children. Mr. Kawanishi had a son of his own, a company “salary man” about my age, and a grandson about Kenya’s age.

The elderly man and I talked in the local dialect about the mess that was Japanese public education: Recent government research in Japan had shocked the nation by revealing that a good portion of college-age Japanese students lacked the skills needed to do the basic mathematical equations taught in elementary school. After 12 years of rigid public education and after-school cram classes, Japanese youth appeared to be growing more ignorant instead of more intelligent.

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• Index of Past Essays •
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CONCERT WAKES UP KANSAI | Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee - Tokyo newsletter

1989

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APARTHEID IS HERE TO STAY UNDER DE KLERK’S ‘NEW ERA’ | Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee - Osaka newsletter

1989

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AN INTERVIEW WITH… VUSI KHUMALO | Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee - Osaka newsletter

1990

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MANDELA IN JAPAN (part 1) (part 2) | Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee - Osaka newsletter

1990

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AFTER MANDELA (part 1) (part 2) | Japan Anti-Apartheid Committee - Osaka newsletter

1991

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THE USE OF THE WEB IN INVESTIGATIVE REPORTING (part 1) (part 2) | REALNews webmagazine

1997

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HIGH DRAMA OF INJUSTICE IN KABUTOYAMA CASE  | Asahi Evening News (unpublished)

1998

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COMPASSION  | Kansai Time Out magazine

2001

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WHO WAS MAKIGUCHI?  | The Education Revolution magazine

2002

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IRAQ WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL HELD IN JAPAN  | Independent Media Center

2004

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IRAQIS TESTIFY AT WAR CRIMES TRIBUNAL IN JAPAN (part 1) (part 2)  | Independent Media Center

2004

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AN APPEAL FOR ARTICLE 9  | Independent Media Center

2005

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AMERICA’S ‘PEACE SOLDIERS’  | アメリカの市民生活』

2005

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「愛国心」に隠されているもの | 条連ニュース

2006

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憲法9条に向けたアピール | 条連 近畿 10年の歩み』

2006

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THE DAY THE FOREIGNERS LEFT (part 1) (part 2) | (unpublished)

2008

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「戦争する国」アメリカと、日本の憲法9条日本語(English) | speech text

2008

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WAR IN IRAQ — ‘We Don’t Do Body Counts’  | Days International (unpublished)

2011

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「空飛ぶ恥」オスプレイ | 条連ニュース

2013

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2015