Tattooing is the most misunderstood art form in Japan today. Looked down upon for centuries and rarely discussed in social circles, people with tattoos are outcasts in this country, banned from most public spaces such as beaches, bathhouses, and even gyms. Tattoos have an extensive history in Japan, and to truly understand the stigma behind them it is essential to be aware of their significance. The first records of tattoos...Read More
AS OUR STAFF AND FACULTY wait for the arrival of the ninth graders to begin Term 3 in Beijing, it’s sometimes easy to feel overwhelmed by the logistics of our endeavor. It’s no simple task moving a school around the planet, and we owe a debt of gratitude to our administrative team – especially Ashley Silver and Mike Hourahine – for making our international transitions so seamless.
But of course, TGS is more than an exercise in travel planning. Our school is as much – if not more – about academics as it is about adventure. We take our students around the world in service of learning, not simply to collect another stamp in their passports or photo for their Facebook page.
We’re breaking some educational molds here. We’re testing new ways of teaching and learning. We’re challenging an educational model that was built for a different century and a different purpose.
So we were touched (and flattered and humbled) when one of our Twitter followers, a UK educator named Dan Leighton, paid tribute to us with a thoughtful blog post about how TGS has inspired him. He notes our “commitment to change the way education is perceived.”
It makes us feel terrific when our project gets the nod from educational peers.