Toshiro Kanamori and pedagogy to be happy and think about others. Other education is possible.

  • 2011

One school, 35 students in class, 1 teacher, Toshiro Kanamori, and one goal: BE HAPPY and learn to think about others.

Does this lesson appear in the programs of the Ministry of Education that are so frequently modified in Spain and in other countries? Would we accept parents who taught our children a priority to be happy instead of really useful academic subjects? Does the system involve new generations of citizens with empathy, social responsibility and fuller lives that are less manipulable and consumerist?

This 50 documentary entitled Thinking about others (Children full of life) is a pedagogical revolution and the way to a better world.

It is worth seeing.

He has been awarded at numerous festivals for the sweetness he transmits in teaching and for the song to the life he represents. At the Municipal Primary School in Kanawara, a city of 8, 000 inhabitants in Japan, Toshiro Kanamori has managed to combine learning with fun, with respect to the individuality of each child and with great personal growth of his students.

He explains that we only have one life and that we should live it with joy, but that happiness is not only to seek individual benefit but to learn to think about others.

What is your teaching method?

In the documentary I have appreciated a lot of work in the open air and in a team, promoting creativity and especially the system of “THE LETTERS OF THE NOTEBOOK” in which 3 students write a letter every day explaining their experiences and concerns and read them aloud to their classmates .

I consider it a very valid tool for these children to express their feelings and not to hold grudges, so that others develop empathy and all identify with the problems.

When bullying problems have arisen at school they have also reflected on this and managed to put themselves in the shoes of the victims. And when the teacher has exceeded some punishment or order there has been dialogue between them and has shown flexibility and benevolence. That is the basis of charisma and good authority (not authoritarianism).

In case anyone believes that this type of positive and enriching teaching is only a heritage of hippies or very alternative, I remind you that this documentary is shot in Japan, cradle of discipline and control par excellence and that it is possible to clean up our educational system always and in any place and without any sophisticated pedagogical theory.

These are the words of the end of the documentary that are worth reflecting on:

Laugh, cry, learn.

Now the 35 students understand that friendship bonds are created thinking about the feelings of others. Learning to think about others has taught them the key to happiness and to be happy from the bottom of the heart.


Thanks to all the Toshiro Kanamori of the world for demonstrating it every day with vocation, conscience and joy.

And thanks to Ena for discovering this great Master and Armando for the task of translating it into Spanish so that more can be disseminated.

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