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Lecture Commemorates 140th Birth Anniversary of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi

 Makiguchi's 140th birthday, Tohoku University Prof. Arimoto speaks on Tsunesaburo Makiguchi's idea of "Recognition and Evaluation.

On June 5, 2011, Tohoku University Graduate School Professor Masahiro Arimoto delivered a lecture titled "Soka Education and Educational Reform--An Inquiry into Their Significance Today," commemorating the 140th birthday of Tsunesaburo Makiguchi. The lecture, sponsored by the Soka Gakkai Education Department, was held at the Seikyo Press building in Shinanomachi, Tokyo.

In his lecture, Prof. Arimoto discussed Makiguchi's idea of "Recognition and Evaluation" which avoids evaluating children without recognizing their capabilities. This idea resonates with modern educational "assessment" which emphasizes looking at their future possibilities rather than their past academic records, and requires cooperation between pupils and teachers.

Quoting Ikeda, Prof. Arimoto said that Soka Education is a source of light for society and is being actively passed on to future generations.

[Adapted from an article in the June 29, 2011, issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]