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Gianmarco ConeglianoMay. 20, 2013 - 05:57AM JST
Posted in: Guilty and never proven innocent – every male train rider's nightmare in Japan
Gianmarco ConeglianoMay. 02, 2013 - 11:15AM JST
I've said it here before: adopt the AMI Montessori system, and Japan won't have all the problems it does. It's not a silver bullet in itself. The teachers have to commit to the system, and parents have to be informed and understand it. Parental interference and pressure on their children would really hurt everything. If you want well-adjusted adults who are life-long learners with self-confidence, this is the way to go.
Anyone who's lived in Japan knows the current system is failing, and in many cases, has failed. You have a solution that's been around for over 100 years...
Posted in: Parents creating stressed-out children
Gianmarco ConeglianoMar. 30, 2013 - 02:08AM JST
I don't know how anyone can use them. You pull down your pants, and they end up cutting off the circulation to your legs as you squat. Then you sway, and if the floor is slick, heavens help you. You have to grab onto the flush for dear life. Then you get the pleasant smells of your deposit, and then see it zip into the drain.
If I want to do squats, I'll do them at the gym.
Posted in: Japanese-style squat toilets: A surprising way to stay healthy
Gianmarco ConeglianoMar. 30, 2013 - 02:00AM JST
Alaska. Just close it. Too many soldiers have been too obnoxious, and criminal. The Japanese don't want us there. They should take care of themselves. Our military budget is bloated, and the Pentagon can't even keep track of its budget. Billions are unaccounted for. We are not an empire. (Or are we?) We need to close our bases around the world.
Posted in: Where do you think the U.S. base at Futenma in Okinawa should be moved to?
Gianmarco ConeglianoMar. 27, 2013 - 11:00PM JST
Evidence shows that children can easily learn up to six languages by age six. This happens all the time in India and Pakistan where they learn English, Hindi and Urdu before six. They can spell and read as well. It's also the case with many Europeans. My cousins had no problem with Spanish/English fluency as children. Just because you weren't taught it, doesn't mean you weren't capable. You were.
Posted in: What is the best age to start teaching a child a second language?
Gianmarco ConeglianoMar. 27, 2013 - 10:54PM JST
In the womb to age 6. The rhythms and tones are heard by the fetus. This creates an innate familiarity. The first 6 years are when the child solidifies who they are for the rest of their life. They need to hear language in all natural settings, not just from parents, but in the outside world in everyday situations. This is the critical period of total absorption. They are unconsciously absorbing everything from their environment. They will be able to speak naturally and flawlessly without any accent.
Gianmarco ConeglianoMar. 09, 2013 - 09:59AM JST
I thought everyone would know and love "The Seven Samurai". Not so many do. Thought everything would look like Kyoto, not grey-cardboard looking rabbit hutches. I thought Ginza would be a tree-lined avenue, a Japanese-Parisian looking place. Nope. Thought everyone knew karate, and loved sushi. Nope. Thought people would be happy, cheerful and nice. Only Friday. Thought there wouldn't really be much good food. Nope, lots of great food.
Posted in: Survey among expats: What did you think about Japan before you started living here?
Gianmarco ConeglianoMar. 03, 2013 - 01:00AM JST
The world needs to let the seas remain fallow for a year every five years, and ban drag nets, or the sea is doomed.
Posted in: Japan will never stop whaling: minister
Gianmarco ConeglianoFeb. 13, 2013 - 10:59AM JST
Speak or say when a restaurant or other business nearby has a sale or special, esp. something I like, and shut up if I tell it to. Tell me some funny jokes. Compile interesting news articles from around the world and read them to me if I like. Tell me if there are weather hazards like ozone, high UV, flash-floods, etc. Let me know if I'm in a high-crime area. Military-grade night vision. Radiation contamination detection (geiger counter). Be a wing-man. Universal translator. Have a built-in solar-charger. Tell me my health conditions by breathing on it. Have a pedometer. Tell me about a plant, etc. by photographing it. Be a used-car lemon-buster. Give me a recipe to make for the food I say is in my fridge. Study the routes I take and tell me if there's a faster or more scenic way. Be my personal trainer. Have wireless headphones that fit (and stay) in my ear. Work with cameras on my glasses, seeing what I see, to teach me how to do something from cutting a turkey to learning to dance.
Posted in: Ten years from now, do you think smartphones will still be used and if so, what will we be using them for besides the way we use them now?
Gianmarco ConeglianoJan. 13, 2013 - 09:55PM JST
If Japan adopted the AMI Montessori system for kids from 3-18, you would never need to implement corporal punishment. Violence is a very poor way to discipline students.
Posted in: Corporal punishment in schools: What's your stance?
Gianmarco ConeglianoJan. 09, 2013 - 01:37PM JST
I don't know about bread that's already gone bad, but I put my bread in the freezer, and it never goes bad. Just heat it in the microwave 20 seconds, then toast it. Problem solved.
Posted in: Microwave keeps bread mold at bay
Gianmarco ConeglianoJan. 09, 2013 - 01:34PM JST
I'm sure there's room in the TEPCO board members' homes.
Posted in: This isn’t decontamination — it’s sweeping up dirt and leaves and is absolutely irresponsible.
Gianmarco ConeglianoJan. 01, 2013 - 02:50AM JST
My jewelry business failed earlier this year....I started my career to be an AMI certified Montessori teacher.
Posted in: What was the best thing that happened to you this year and what was the worst?
Gianmarco ConeglianoJan. 01, 2013 - 02:46AM JST
I worked as a teacher at a Japanese middle school. You could see the spirits of the students decline in each age group from 6th grade where the entering freshmen were happy, to the last year where the students had become zombies. The Japanese system is all wrong. The desire to learn is choked out of people. This wouldn't happen if Japan adopted an AMI(Association Montessori Internationale) Montessori system, that really lived up to Montessori principles.
All students in a Japanese school, like in most public schools in the U.S. are treated the same no matter if they are the youngest in the class or the oldest. This creates a bell-curve. Those at one end are frustrated. Those at the other are bored. The bored ones develop arrogance, the frustrated ones come to believe they are inferior and stupid.
Montessori, on the other hand, allows each student to develop at their own level and speed. They spend as much time as needed to master the material. They are in three-year age groups, so they get to help and teach each other, which they do. They engage in a natural three-hour work cycle in the morning and afternoon. They are free to choose their own work, but are not free to choose nothing. They go out into the world to do independent research. They take care of plants and animals at school. They develop independence and self-discipline, and are very happy to go to school. They make their own products which they market and sell, from goat cheese to hand-made candles and soap, and other hand-made products. They decide for themselves as a group how to manage and spend the money. They grow organic vegetables.
Research for yourself. You can start at the AMI website or see: www.hershey-montessori.org
Posted in: The workload at all schools has been increasing, and everyone has no leeway. The volume of work needs to be adjusted.
Gianmarco ConeglianoDec. 27, 2012 - 01:34AM JST
Yukie Nakama gets my vote.
Posted in: Guys, who is the most desirable woman in the world for you, and ladies, who is the most desirable man in the world (excluding spouses, boyfriends/girlfriends)?
Gianmarco ConeglianoOct. 30, 2012 - 01:32PM JST
It's a good way to sequester carbon dioxide and save the planet. Couldn't you just use a straw and blow bubbles? Japanese have weird cafes for everything, why not pay a girl to blow bubbles in your drink while you drink it, like a hookah bar bubble thing? I'm glad I can help the economy by buying more stuff to make more waste, so everyone can have a job. Brilliant!
Posted in: Carbonate water in 35 seconds
Gianmarco ConeglianoOct. 25, 2012 - 10:07AM JST
A real danger. Monsanto scientists in their own headquarters won't eat GMO's. No one knows the long-term side effects. Why should I be a guinea pig?
Posted in: What do you think about genetically modified crops?
Gianmarco ConeglianoJul. 09, 2012 - 11:31AM JST
The only thing that really bothered me was the education system. I feel sorry for the kids that start off as normal human beings, but by Junior High have started to become zombies. It is a total failure. It needs total reform. Japan needs to adopt Montessori. If they did that, Japan would become a well-adjusted, critically thinking, creative and dynamic society. But I'd say the same for every country.
Posted in: Things that foreigners find annoying about life in Japan
May. 23, 2013 - 12:14AM JST
This is probably one of those for-appearances things, to appease the public political (read international) arena.…
Posted in: Diet approves child abduction treaty
Mother Nature can be a real bitch at the drop of a hat, not sure how…
Posted in: At least 91 dead in Oklahoma City tornado
May. 23, 2013 - 12:13AM JST
The problem is Japan doesn't really recognize this type of kidnapping as a crime.
May. 23, 2013 - 12:09AM JST
Probably good for killing time with a miniature screen on an airplane, though.
Posted in: Keanu Reeves makes directorial debut with modern kung fu film
May. 23, 2013 - 12:08AM JST
Ishihara—who also is known for his nationalistic views—said the 140-character format was not long enough for…
Posted in: Ishihara advises Hashimoto to stop tweeting