Establishing the Seigakuin Education Charter-2-

Enhanced unity through sub-committee activities

The Seigakuin Education Conference established 10 sub-committees. Each of the ten sub-committees meets approximately once every three months. All members of the Seigakuin faculty and staff belong to one of the sub-committees that have been working on the issues assigned to them.

One of the achievements of the sub-committee meetings is that issues can be discussed by persons involved in a wide range of situations, from kindergarten to graduate school. There has been very little chance for dialog and exchange of views within Seigakuin, but the sub-committee meetings facilitated exchange of opinions between persons teaching at different age levels, thus enhancing a sense of unity within Seigakuin.

First Conference: Presentation by students

This resulted in better mutual understanding and increased awareness of the issues and problem areas of each school. Furthermore, based on this sense of unity, a common point of view is being developed in a tangible way regarding Seigakuin education as a whole and what the goals for the future should be. With the common understanding of all issues by all of its members, Seigakuin can find solutions to its problems more effectively.

Through the mutual understanding between the schools, a more organic, integrated education and an image of future action for Seigakuin education are taking shape.

Ten sub-committees of the Conference on Education

Following are the messages from the chairpersons of the ten sub-committees:

1. Christian Education

(Hidehiko Hayashida, Seigakuin Junior and Senior High School)

We will clarify the significance and responsibilities of Seigakuin education. This will be done by making sure that all the Seigakuin schools, whose foundations are the gospel of Christ, are always filled with the power of the gospel, which enriches Christian education and research activities and promotes the sharing of the gospel throughout Seigakuin.

2. Seigakuin Education and the Fundamental Law of Education

(Norihiro Nishimoto, Seigakuin University)

Sub-Committee Meeting: Seigakuin Education and the Fundamental Law of Education

Education that aims to foster free personalities is being crashed.  Education continues to disintegrate. Schools must engage themselves in establishing their own independence and autonomy, formulating education based on dignity and the value of individuals. It will be necessary to review and evaluate current educational practices, beginning with the curriculum, and develop new innovative ones.

3. Education for Freedom and Responsibility

(Yoshiaki Ogura, Joshi Seigakuin Junior and Senior High School)

Is it still possible to find common principles and approaches despite the distinctiveness at each educational level and the awareness of each other's differences in the wide spectrum from kindergartens to university?  In order to achieve the goal of "nurturing responsibility," a common perception is developing as to what is required: self-reformation of teachers, trust-building with students as well as the understanding and cooperation of parents.

4. Development of Educational Effectiveness

(Midori Ohno, Joshi Seigakuin Junior and Senior High School)

Various opinions have been expressed regarding the definition of educational effectiveness: Members of the sub-committee have different ideas. During the second conference, we had a discussion around the theme of "education to inspire and motivate students to learn."

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5. Language and Communication Education

(Mitsuharu Akudo, Seigakuin University)

One of the main tasks for education today is the establishment of wholesome communication through language that originates from a tactful and considerate spirit. Through the comprehensive discussions during the Conference in the second year, we realized the great value of some of the efforts at Seigakuin that had already brought forth fruit, and we discussed ways to build on them and develop them further.

6. English Education

(Noboru Yamamoto, Seigakuin University)

While all schools except the university appear to be burdened with the work related to the revision of the curriculum guidelines mandated by the Ministry of Education and Science, our goals have consistently been to develop a theory for integrated education and actually practice it. We have been working on the improvement of English education at Seigakuin schools in order to achieve these goals. During this past year, we have discussed action plans that can be shared among Seigakuin schools.

7. Computer Education

(Tatsuya Omori, Seigakuin University)

Real-time two-way communication was a fantasy ten years ago, but the arrival of the broadband age has made it a reality. Considering the convenience and usefulness of information technology, application to the field of education will become a must in the near future. We have been discussing how we will use this technology.

8. Career Guidance

(Takeo Shibata, Seigakuin University)

This sub-committee is composed of members of the University Career Services and Planning Committee, the Academic Affairs Committee and the Career Services and Planning Center as well as career guidance counselors at the junior and senior high schools. We have confirmed that each school offers career guidance services that are appropriate to the students' qualifications. Based upon this, we have gone on to discuss how to develop an even more effective career guidance system for the Seigakuin Schools.

9. Arithmetic and Mathematics Education

(Tetsuo Kimura, Joshi Seigakuin Junior and Senior High Schools)

As a private school system with elementary as well as junior and senior high schools, we have been carrying out research not only for integrated education of junior and senior high schools, but also for integrated education of elementary school arithmetic and junior high school mathematics.  With the introduction of the new national curriculum, we have been working on ways to improve arithmetic and mathematics education for Seigakuin Schools.

10. Administration and Management Operation in Support of Education

(Yoshiaki Suzuki, Seigakuin Head Office)

Declining birth rates and decrease in the number of children will affect the operation of schools in various ways. In consideration of this background, this sub-committee has identified two goals for the three-year Conference: re-education for administrative staff and training of highly qualified professionals. To achieve these goals, activities for self-development and widening of perspectives are conducted through three working groups in the areas of the development of self-expression, the development of analytical thinking and the improvement of practice and implementation.