I wish my kids could go to Fuji Kindergarten. I wish I could have gone to Fuji Kindergarten. I wish I could go now. Fuji Kindergarten, I reckon, is what happens when "chutes and ladders" meets a thought experiment about education which goes back to first principles. What makes it so unusual an educational institution is that it places the most emphasis on learning, rather than on teaching. And on students rather than teachers (and, I’d wager, on teachers rather than administrative staff…). Think about that one for a while.
Next time I travel to Japan, I’m going to try and visit Fuji Kindergarten. In the mean time, I’m going to try and apply some of its lessons to our own school project over here at Stanford, called the d.school. Perhaps we can work harder to make the architecture really support the learning process behind design thinking.
By the way, I’m beginning to really dig Monocle magazine.