As we enter the 21st century, if you want to find out something, you can easily access information from all over the world using various mediums of electronic communications via the Internet. The information that you can obtain is vast and wide-ranging, containing various viewpoints and analysis for consideration. Also, the rate information acquisition and diffusion are increasing at a tremendous pace. In fact, the amount of information generated in the last few decades can be said to be the largest in human history.
If there is something missing from all this tremendous amount of information, it is what Benjamin Franklin and Thomas Jefferson called “practical knowledge” 250 years ago. Therefore, when thinking about how to utilize such vast information, the answer is a systematic ability which demonstrates practical application. However, the education world has been typically focusing on disseminating information for the past 50 or 60 years, but as we know now, it is very easy to disseminate information in the 21st century. In order to flourish in these rapidly changing, modern times, I think it is vital to acquire the ability to select and utilize necessary information.
The reason for my logic is the confidence I have from my own experience. I started a business when I was in college. When I was a college student, I took the subjects that I was taught at school seriously and received grades. However, when it came to actually starting my business, much of what I had learned in my “studies” could not be applied to build a company so I did not stand a chance in the corporate world. After that, I met many people who had graduated from famous universities from around the world, but looking globally, I realized that not many universities provide education that is useful for entrepreneurship and starting businesses.
Recently, through my own child, I saw the curriculum of elementary school education for the first time in 25 years, which was also similar with what I had seen in international schools. Therefore, I have a strong desire to create a school that can provide consistent career education connected to society and the corporate world which is why I have decided to launch CTIS. A major characteristic of CTIS is that not only education in English language but the importance we place on Japanese language education, with additional focus on Chinese (Mandarin) education. In our curriculum we will utilize PBL to prepare students for the workplace and target STEAM education to cultivate children’s “ability to learn on their own”. As an international school that meets the needs of the times, CTIS will move forward with the aim of becoming a school that is trusted and needed by Japan and the world. Please look forward with the development of CTIS.