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April 25, 2009

Japanese author's 'Problem Solving 101' having an influence on children's education

Ken-Watanabe.jpgKen Watanabe graduated from Yale and Harvard Business School and then worked as a management consultant for major companies around the world. He saw the importance of problem solving skills firsthand and In 2007 decided to leave his job to teach children and write 'Problem Solving 101'. His book has quickly become a major success.

In an article in the Huffington Post this week, he wrote: 'Although Japanese business leaders, educators, and politicians have long talked about the need for Japan to shift from "memorization-focused education" to "problem-solving-focused education," no one had figured out a concrete and effective way to make this happen.' He added: 'My aim was to teach Japanese children how to think like problem solvers, to take a proactive role in their own education and in shaping their lives.'

You can see a collection of news articles about Ken Watanabe's ideas by clicking here, and challenge yourself with some of his problem-solving puzzles by clicking here.

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