Letters From Us

A Message from our Principal, Katsuhiko Watanabe

Japan is Approaching a New Era – Stay Connected

Today, we live in a society surrounded by technology. The global network of information is at the fingertips of nearly every man, woman, and child, often in the form of a small cellular device. We are never alone and mankind is more connected than ever.

Japan is changing. The world that our children live in will be drastically different than our own. With the unmeasurable growth of the internet and the globalization of the entire world, each person must be able to think and act independently in order to be competitive.

In this new Japan people with the conventional knowledge and skills that are still taught in traditional schools will rapidly become obsolete, replaced by people who have the ability to think and act on their own; those that have the capacity to achieve their own goals through their own means.

At Tokyo Inter-High School, we encourage students to develop the ability to think and for themselves. Through our combination of both traditional and new schools of thought, students are given the flexibility and tools necessary to discover who they are and to relate to others on a global scale. They will have all the skills necessary to flourish in this new age of technology, in this new Japan.

A Word from our Academic Director, Yukiko Takahashi

“Welcome to a world where you can think outside of the box!”

Imagine students reading a storybook. When they are finished the teacher asks, “If you were the main character, what would you have done? If you were the author, how would you make this story different?”

This is just one example of what American first grade students are doing in their English classes.

In U. S. elementary schools, students are trained and conditioned to think about the elements of the story, to understand the relationships between characters, and to predict what will happen next.

In Japan; however, lies a radically different approach, one in which students are only tested on the facts. Teachers want to know the exact contents of a book, and only rarely are tactics like those seen in an America classrooms employed.

But in reality, there is often more than one solution to a problem. The best answers are often abstract.

More than one approach should be used when teaching; the number of ways to learn a subject are as varied as the many different people who take them. Students should not have tunnel vision when solving problems and they should not be scared to think outside of the box.

One of the great things about Tokyo Inter-High School is that it can provide you with the opportunity to explore the many possibilities of learning. Muster the courage to open the door in front of you and take a step a forward with us.

A Message from John Lacky, Principal of the Alger Learning Center

 Working with Tokyo Inter-High School, which is offering Japanese students an exciting new opportunity to experience independent learning, is a great honor. I started Alger Independence High School over 30 years ago, in order to depart from the current framework of the US public education system, in which students’ personal needs and life styles are ignored, and creativity is discouraged.