NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ766419
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 8
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1784
Educating the Heart
Schwartz, Sherry
Educational Leadership, v64 n7 p76-78 Apr 2007
Japan's elementary and junior high schools have a formal, nationally mandated moral curriculum called Kokoro-no-kyoiku--education of the heart. Japanese educators include moral growth as an integral part of one's intellectual growth and believe that democratic societies must promote virtuous decision making. Moral education in Japan nurtures the virtues of generosity, compassion, love, justice, self-discipline, and respect for life and is based in four important cultural values: equality, effort, trusting relationships, and harmony. First graders learn such habits as speaking with a cheerful voice and being cheerful, cooperative, and kind. Older students serve lunch to their teachers and peers. All students focus on the need for peaceful resolution of problems and visit the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum.
Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development. 1703 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311-1714. Tel: 800-933-2723; Tel: 703-578-9600; Fax: 703-575-5400; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan